By: James Robilotta, CAMPUSPEAK Speaker
#Activisim or #Validation?
Over the past couple months I have been trying to think about why I post what and when I do online. Is social media all just one big pat on the back? Or is “#Activism” important and effective? I wonder if I should Snapchat about the service work I occasionally do. I debate about ranting in a political post about piss-poor leadership. I toil over posting, “I believe you.” Here are some of the questions I ask myself:
Do I do it because I hope it inspires others? Or do I post because I want to feel better about myself?
Do I post to enlighten? Or do I post because I am not good at convincing myself that I am enough?
Do I post because I care? Or do I post because if I don’t then I’m afraid people will think I do not care?
Do I post because I have a louder microphone because of my privilege and I should use it to help amplify those who are silenced? Or do I post because I can?
Do I post because change needs to happen? Or do I post because I happen to want change?
Do I post to let others know they are seen? Or do I post because of white male guilt?
Do I post because I believe you? Or do I post because I want you to believe me?
Do I post because I am an activist? Or do I post because I just need validation?
I am sure my answer to all of those scenarios somewhat depends on the day, topic, and my self-esteem. But in the fascinating world of social media and at a time where personal branding is queen/king, I think it’s time we take a pause and reflect. It is easy to post an angry thought about the most recent atrocity and it is easy to send prayers to Houston, Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, New York City, etc. But it’s much harder to listen to people’s stories when your life has not been directly affected. It’s much harder to try and walk in someone else’s shoes. It’s much harder to put our words into action. I know because I’m not always the best at it. But I will be better. Our compassion is important, our empathy is better, but our action is paramount.
I’m trying to figure out why I post on social media. Why do you?
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