This has been a pretty amazing last couple of weeks in our country. We have the Federal Government confirming that same sex marriage is legal, and can take place in all 50 states, and we also have southern states, including South Carolina refusing to fly the Confederate flag any longer. Two rather large items, that I’m sure anyone with a FaceBook account has seen endless posts about each subject. The problem that I’m beginning to have as our country turns more and more politically correct on everything is that social media is playing a dirty role. Social media is now setting the table for what many call ‘public shaming’. Regardless of your stance on either topic, if you share an opinion that isn’t on the majority side, you will get completely slammed online. I see this as bad for a couple reasons. First off, again, we live in the best country in the world. We have been given the gift of free speech, and we are also a democracy and have the ability to vote our leaders into office. It is the difference of opinion that makes our country great. There are plenty of times that we as a society have benefited from debating topics and finding what is the best to move forward. With the public shaming that has been taking place lately, we are setting up a situation where people won’t feel comfortable sharing their opinions, and we could be losing ideas that would make all of us better. The second problem with this new fad is that we are losing our ability to form our own opinions. Its as if people now are going onto social media to see what their stance on a topic ‘should be’, and then forming it from there. While social media can be a good thing, controversial subjects can also bring out the worst in us.
Even though its my own personal opinion and nobody’s business, I’m all for people marrying whomever they want. The country is giving the gay and lesbian community more freedom. Frankly, I don’t think that the Confederate flag should be banned. Sure, it goes back to the Civil War when the North fought the South, and one of the key points is slavery, which was disgusting, but the decision to ban the flag would be taking away a freedom. I don’t have a confederate flag, I don’t have any confederate designed clothing, heck I’ve lived in what is considered the ‘North’ my whole life, the ban wouldn’t effect me in any way shape or form. That said, I’m all for creating freedoms in our great country and not taking them away.
You can agree with my opinions on these topics, or you can 100% disagree with them and think I am a complete idiot, and you know what, thats great. We all are entitled to our beliefs and that is what makes each of us unique. The problem I have is this new idea of people being so passionate on social media with their beliefs that they do what they can to take down people who may feel differently. Our country is finding itself on a slippery slope when it comes to this, the last thing we want to do is to become a bunch of sheep. We should celebrate our differences of opinion, and work together to find common ground. While the technology of social media has brought us closer together, the public shaming I have seen as of late is setting us back as a society.