I had a conversation with a friend the other day about how we all say and believe things that are irrational, illogical, and inaccurate. The fact of the matter is that when placed under scrutiny none of us is truly completely free of prejudice. This doesn’t mean that we should not address the excessive use of generalizations to describe entire subsets of the population, but we do need to acknowledge our own culpability in causing the problem.
Social media, both a blessing and a curse, has allowed for any individual in a given population to be addressed by an international audience. Therein lies the greatest problem. What is true for the individual is generally not true for the whole. What is culturally appropriate in a Los Angeles suburb is most likely not appropriate worldwide. Yet, in our “likes-based” post-internet culture we attempt to appease the masses by using sweeping generalizations that place as many different subsets of the population under the same umbrella.
While a cultured and mature discussion takes two individuals that are both listening to understand as opposed to listening to respond, an argument only requires one individual that believes that he or she is absolutely and always correct.
Welcome to the internet.
Did you catch the contradiction?
I just generalized the whole internet community as being a group of argument hungry social media users. #hypocriticalme
Yes, we all say outlandish and stupid things and we should definitely work towards being more self aware, but let’s also practice showing more grace online.