The Wonderful (and sad) Truth About Inspiring Through Social Media

Inspiring on social media

There was a new promise the internet gave us when social media started popping up a few years ago. Sites like Twitter and Facebook have delivered on the first promise of breaking down many of the walls of communication that kept the world separated for thousands of years. Now, there’s another promise that is being fulfilled…

… sort of, at least.

Messages can be powerful. Most people have an idiom, a quote from a famous person, or a Bible verse that inspires them. The power of words can be greatly magnified through social media. Through posting and sharing, we’re able to gain insights and inspirations that were once more difficult to find. In fact, social media often allows the messages of these words to find us.

With all of the wonderful things that social media and the internet in general bring us, there’s always a drawback. In this case, it’s the potential for inspiring words to be turned into cynical words. It’s the potential for love to be turned into hate. It’s the possibility that someone can take words, manipulate them, attribute them to a famous person, and mislead others as a result.

Thanks to social media and Photoshop, it’s very easy to misguide rather than guide. Thankfully, people for the most part stick with the real words of inspiration, but a clever falsehood sneaks through and spreads from time to time.

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Comments

  1. Isabella says

    Why would we expect that suddenly people changed just because there is social media? It’s still the same people like before, you just have on display now how they are, that’s all. They are lovely and vicious, smart and stupid and so on – exactly the way they were before. As soon as the number of people on a platform is big enough you will find the exact same distribution of characters like they are spread in society. Expecting something different we call here romantic sociology – removed from reality. What is useful though is that things that cannot be tolerated expose themselves easier and can be confronted. The problem with confronting problematic behaviour though is that the vast majority would not consider it. Cleartalk has almost been abolished by society, everyone has to be nice all the time. This fake sweetish talk makes it impossible to confront problematic behaviour encountered online. People would rather leave or delete a friend than to confront him. This is the real issue especially of the English speaking environment. I found this also amongst the French, but not with Spanish and German, which is very much to the point.

  2. Jeff Glackin says

    Nice post JD. Isabella you have an ugly outlook on society and I find it interesting that you said “him” when talking about confronting someone.

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