Your tweet isn’t going to change the world
Internet friends, we need to talk.
We need to realize something important about how we use social media. Now, I’m coming into this with full awareness of my own social media presence. I tweet, I Facebook, I blog- but hear me out, because this is important for all of us to understand:
We can not save the world with the internet.
Nobody, in the history of technology, has ever, ever, ever, had their mind changed about a political, ethical, or moral issue because of a clever tweet or profound status update. It’s never happened, and it never will. That’s not what the internet does.
Because, let’s be honest. What we’re doing- even this post you’re reading right now- it’s not real conversation. Conversation happens between two people, back and forth, exchanging ideas, opinions, information and experiences.
Social media is the technological equivalent of a street preacher.
The internet has provided all of us with a milk crate and a megaphone.
That’s not how lives get changed. That’s not how people get affected. Standing on a platform, whether physical or technological, and shouting your thoughts isn’t going to persuade anyone of anything.
But you know what does work?
Personal, physical, human interaction combined with time, love, and humility.
It’s easy to sit at a keyboard and throw your opinions at the world because there’s no obligation to consider a different perspective. But it’s effective to sit across the table from another person and say, “Here’s what I think-now what about you?”