I’ve seen a number of people on my Twitter timeline who are lamenting all the political talk and sometimes arguments online as we near the U.S. presidential election in November.
While I understand that they want Twitter to go back to being a fun place, with talk of bacon, sex and cute LOLcat videos, among other things…well, that’s not reasonable. This is a major election, with major problems still happening in the United States and worldwide, and tensions are understandably high.
So, you need to suck it up until probably February, when maybe post-inauguration people will calm down a little.
Sure, I say this in part because many of my tweets have been politically oriented. I’ve also balanced that with more general snark and humor, so I’m not exactly on a soap box all the time. But, frankly, what did you expect? This is social media. Twitter still tends to be more fun than Facebook, which seems to be getting increasingly infested with bitter, shallow people who just want to fight…but it’s still a place to talk.
And politics is a valid and important point of discussion. People are understandably concerned about a party on one side that doesn’t seem to have clear solutions to the problems we’re facing (or are working on the problems too slowly) and on the other side a party that’s given up on honor and just makes stuff up now and passes it off as facts then gets mad when fact-checkers dare to call them on it.
This isn’t a recipe for positive change. People are worried, and on both sides they feel this election is pivotal for America’s future.
Are relationships going to be ruined by this?
Are some fun times going to become awkward as humor is interrupted by policy talk?
But that happened over drinks with co-workers and dinner with the relatives long before social media existed.
Twitter and all the rest are not your havens from the real world. They are places to communicate.
If you don’t like what’s being said, move on to the next tweet. You’ll find the sex and bacon before long, I’m sure.