What did we do in the past to express anger and relieve stress? I think most of us yelled, screamed, and/or popped a pill. You know what I’m talking about. Is there much difference between yelling and screaming, I don’t know? If you were a good-relatively speaking, respectful, and sincere citizen of a community, you wrote a letter to the editor. For you younger folks, I am referring to a column of a newspaper, similar to a blog post like this. Your content was serious, thoughtful, and most likely important. You made an effort to let your thoughts be known.
Fast track to today, we all have no time, no patience, and want everything right now. We are like small children. Okay, maybe that is too harsh and I am just speaking for myself. Technology is everywhere and our new mode of conversation is Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.
Conflict is and will always be a part of our lives and world. That is a fact. How we choose to deal with conflict is up to us. What is up with all of these familiar faces in the media? I am speaking of Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell, Larry King and Piers Morgan, Seth Rogan and Justin Bieber, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Cindy McCain(wife of 2008 Presidential candidate and Arizona Senator John McCain). I know that there are many more. All of these pairs are fighting/acting nasty to each other through social media, specifically through Twitter. I am aware in some cases the fights were started on other media channels: radio and television.
The issue is we as a society are being bad roll (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself from misspelling role because it’s food.) models for our youth. We are sending mixed messages to our children by punishing them for bad behavior, while all of this fighting is going on in the media and that is supposed to be okay. Feelings of all types need to be expressed, but in a controlled and peaceful manner.
I have an idea. If you are in a heated situation, the chip that has been implanted in your brain will not allow your fingers to function and type out a tweet until you have calmed down and come to your senses. Remember patience is a virtue. TAM