As the final days of the quarter are upon us and we look forward to graduating from this program, I have to seriously wonder how many of us have grasped the actual power of social media to sway, inform, and entertain our perspective publics. I’ve spent 90+ hours over these last 3 weeks interning at a not-for-profit organization trying to help them learn how to best utilize social media to get the word out about the programs and services that are offered there and it’s been a challenge. I think that the hardest part is just allocating the time to absorb what’s being said and to formulate a response that is well thought out, concise, and not too preachy or bitchy, and that’s hard when we often believe that we know what’s best for them.
Often under the guise or misconception of being helpful, we fail to realize that some people know and understand but are apathetic while others truly don’t know or understand and are just pathetic. Whatever the case might be the old adage of the road to hell being paved with good intentions is often true when active listening skills aren’t being employed.
The term sheepeople comes to mind and even though it may not be the most nicest of terms it sure is accurate! In fact I have some family and friends who are sheepeople, and even though I love them dearly they drive me closer to the point of where I just want to scream, think for yourself! Which reminds me of that famous Dorothy Parker quote, “You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think!”
So here I am anxious and excited at the prospect of leaving this fine institution of higher education, and with a wing and a prayer of getting employed after having to reinvent myself I feel that I am not just another bleating heart liberal, but baaa-aaaa….aaaaa! -bb