How Socially Conscious Is Your Blog?
I read a comment on a post in Facebook recently which basically implied that the original poster’s topic of being ‘socially aware’ was making them as an individual ‘unpopular and unhealthy’ with their readership – and that if they wanted to be improved in both areas then they had to stop writing against the grain of who they were and start writing truthfully even if it did cause controversy and upset lots of people. By writing with empathy towards readers – they were causing unnecessary stresses to themselves and their other uncaring readers!
I had to double take the response in truth to make sure l had read it correctly – once done l then sat back and tried to configure it … what was the commenter really implying?
That the original poster SHOULD not write in a caring and empathetic manner and by dropping social awareness they would make themselves and more of their readership happier?
So does this mean therefore that what is being said is that with regards being ‘politically correct’ and ‘socially aware’ and ‘displaying empathy in the written form’, that this is not being true to our personal identities and more so if we are only writing falsely to begin with?
I was always under the impression that it was considered polite to NOT be rude to people with deliberation – if it was accidental, then that was not considered rude or hostile but purely an error ….
Is being politically correct and socially aware to another’s needs not just displaying empathy but maybe being false? Are we being too polite in our cautions to NOT upset society that the reality is that we have forgotten who we are?
I know when writing posts that l make the conscious decision to ensure that my writing doesn’t cause offence with deliberation and intent. That whilst l am aware of what is acceptable and what is not, where does one draw the line?
Last year someone emailed me and criticised me for using certain language in one of my posts concerning how my father treated me as his son in the 70’s and the colourful language he chose to call me then. The inclusion of the term ‘retard’ from my father to me was pulled up in reference by my emailer who demanded that the word be extracted from my post! I declined on the grounds that those were the types of words my father used towards me in the 70’s.
I reiterated that l personally, do not use those words myself. But as it was not written with the intention of offending anyone else l would not extract the language of my yesterdays’. I suggested that if the reader was outraged and upset by language l used then maybe they were better off not following?
On other occasions l include disclaimers on the top of posts especially if it is read as erotic or concerning taboo subjects – that is just being aware of the sensitivities to people’s reading habits. I still would class that as politeness and not specifically being too politically correct.
But l cannot deny that when in the throes of writing in my style that l am very conscious of words and terminologies that l use. Yet, l still write in a good 95% personality that is my own.
Has the political correctness trend gone too far? Are we becoming too scared now to write as us? Before readers deny this and say they write as they are … l would say ‘think hard how you respond’, because l have seen writers here declare thay write as themselves and yet l see that they too walk cautiously along some paths despite what they write elsewhere?
I think there is a huge difference between ‘being socially aware’ and ‘being politically correct’ but am l wrong? Are they one and the same now?
Has the Freedom of Speech had its heyday? Is it EVEN really ‘Freedom of Speech?’ I mean we should all exercise caution when commenting should we not … isn’t that just the first rule of politeness? I don’t believe there is such a thing as the Freedom of Abusive Speech ….
Or …. is it time to simply accept that some conversations, subjects and topics are now forever going to be considered antiquated and taboo, that under no circumstance can they ever be discussed because the content may just cause too much upset?
Is this what some may consider a taboo question just by asking it?
I had a conversation of a similiar nature with a few people at a garden party, ten years ago who at that time were ten and fifteen years my juinor and they considered me terribly old fashioned for even broaching the subject!
I am classed as Baby Boomer ….
If you get a spare moment you should check out the link itself as the article is really astonishing reading and informative too.
|The Lost Generation
The Generation of 1914
|The Interbellum Generation||1901||1913|
|The Greatest Generation||1910||1924|
|The Silent Generation||1925||1945|
|Baby Boomer Generation||1946||1964|
|Generation X (Baby Bust)||1965||1979|
Generation Y, Gen Next
|iGen / Gen Z||1995||2012|
So – all this aside back to the original question …
How Socially Conscious Is Your Blog?
Is the term socially aware or politically correct – is there really a difference anymore between the two? Is one only about displaying empathy to others or have we become too afraid to voice our true personalities?