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@AmyVernon I feel the same way, and have talked about that ad nauseum re Robin Thicke and all that crap. Every time I hear someone call Miley a "slut" or a "whore" ... which happens all the time, I cringe a little. And when it's a woman, I cringe even more. This whole thing is so indicative of so many much, much larger problems in society and how women are portrayed (and allow themselves to be portrayed) in the media. Sometimes it hurts my brain to think of it.
3 months ago on What if Miley Cyrus was punking us?
I think you've got a valid point, Amy. But I'm not buying it. I think Miley is young and trying to shed the "Disney girl" image and tired of being every little girl's role model. She's got all kinds of stuff going on in a relationship that's on again and off again and perhaps a fiance's family that's not all that crazy about her. I think she's experimenting with being wild, outrageous and punk. But I don't think she's doing it to punk anyone, I think she's just a kid and experimenting with growing up. And really? I think it's fine.
@bowden2bowden Exactly! And if people don't share our opinions, there's a chance they are wrong. Because we need to be right. I totally disagree with that thinking and can usually see many sides to every argument (a character trait that my family finds most annoying). And when something bugs me - online or off - I check out and focus on something that really matters. Life is too short.
3 months, 1 week ago on Social Justice: Have the Social Networks Failed Us, Or Have We Failed Them?
@AmyMccTobin @ShellyKramer And that is nothing new. That's why those magazines that are for sale in the supermarkets - right near the checkout - are so popular. They highlight the inane and the ridiculous - and people buy it. That's why shows like Honey Boo Boo and The Real Housewives' series and Swamp Boys and crap like that are so popular. We value them enough that we give them our attention. The same is true of the things that we see on social networks. We can rail against it or we can filter it. But really? If we think we're going to change people's proclivity in being interested in cats and Hollywood films and the like over what we personally define to be "what matters," well, then I think we're setting ourselves up for disappointment. Let's instead focus on the stuff that matters and effect change there instead of trying to effect change in people who aren't interested in changing. Social nets, "real life" or otherwise.
@Danny Brown @ShellyKramer @AmyMccTobin I realize that Danny, I read the post. You didn't need to come to her defense - I was just engaging in conversation via my comment. Everyone approaches life differently. When I read an article in an online newspaper I'm often astonished at the vitriol and ignorance (and anonymity) I see in the comments. If I gave them my time, energy and attention, I would be diverting it from something that does matter, so I choose not to. That was my greater point. And again, Amy and I are great friends - we have many conversations like this - and I don't think either of our views need defending. I don't leave comments when I've not read a post in its entirety!
@bowden2bowden @AmyMccTobin @Danny Brown @T_Burrows @Tinu That's what I do, too. And it works really well!
While I like your post, Amy, I truly don't see the problem. By that, I mean that I go to dinner with friends and discuss a variety of inane topics that we all get a laugh out of, then someone brings up sex trafficking or bullying or something else and while we talk about it for awhile, it's generally considered "buzzkill" so the conversation goes back to "safe" topics. Whether in person or online, I think that's often true. That doesn't mean social media is to blame, it's that in addition to in person conversations, we now have the ability to talk on the phone, on video and via the written word through social networks. Just like in "real" life, there are crazies, intelligent beings, political nuts, religious nuts, spammy salespeople, narcissists ... well, the list goes on.
Our world is changing constantly as do our means of communicating. People, however, they don't change. And we talk about as many asinine things as we do important things, depending on what we happen to care about at that particular moment.
I think there are a ton of examples of how social media (and other communication channels) regularly work to make the world less insane, but it's easy to overlook those when we're focused on the negative. Sure, there are cat photos and Affleck lunacy and other ridicularity, but there is so much good. Think of Jennifer Stauss's campaign to honor her dying mother with her SMAC Monkeys Against Cancer and how people all over the world rallied to support her and make her dream come true. Think of what Stacy Monk is doing with Mama Lucy and her kids and how people everywhere support them. And Andrea Weckerle and her mission for Online Civility. And Geoff Livingston and his missions and the campaigns to honor Jacob Weiskopf's honor. So much good - and all because of relationships that would have likely not otherwise happened but for social media channels and networking.
I think it's safe to say there will always be silliness when it comes to conversations, no matter the medium. And idiocy and hatred and all kinds of other bad things. But there will also always be people who are passionate about what it is they are talking about and who persist in making the conversations, wherever they happen, also be focused on important things. And really? A mixture of seriousness, activism, intelligent discourse and levity is part of what makes conversation interesting. I feel like I see that, on a regular basis, everywhere I look. I also see things I don't love, but those don't seem to be worth my time or my energy to even consider.
Better to look for the good. When you go down that path, it seems as though you're more likely to find it. At least that's the way I roll.
I love beets. It's a lifelong affair, really. And their color doesn't intimidate me - it makes me laugh. Like the next morning, when I go to the bathroom. Now THAT'S fun!!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Do I Dare To Eat A Beet?
Great post, Daniel. We work with small-medium sized businesses all the time and teach these very lessons. Good stuff!
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Simplifying Small Business Blogging
Congrats. Soon I predict all things not related to this new adventure will go by the wayside (and you'll be focusing on that one thing that you really love). No rules that say any one of us ever has to do it all. Happy for you!
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Funny Things or Leaving Where You Love for What You Love
Thanks for sharing this important information, Sean ... the more we can do to educate parents, the safer we can keep kids!!!
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Attention Parents! You Need to Look and Listen!
Great post, Ken. I absolutely loathe the "I don't like it, so it won't work" mentality and try hard to keep an open mind and let things play out, test them, see what I think. Thank you for writing about it. PS Are you using a plugin that pulls related articles or do you curate those? I'd like to know what it is - I like it :)))
5 months, 1 week ago on Platform Killers, Game Changers, and Fatal Errors: Our Sad Rush to Judgement
JawBone is supposed to be awesome. I'd give that a try, Mick.
6 months, 1 week ago on Flex Frustrations
Congrats, Buddy. If anyone can help Sears, it's you.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on I’ve Accepted a New Job with Sears
Well said, Amy. Well said.
7 months, 1 week ago on Social Judge, Jury and Executioner: The Lynch Mob in Action
I hate writing on mobile devices, Ken. I don't write directly in Wordpress, as I find it cumbersome. I typically write in Word, including all hyperlinking, then upload into Wordpress. Then I fool around with styling and the like, inside WP. I'm a super fast typist and a keyboard composer and, today anyway, I don't enjoy typing on devices. I even have two separate keyboards for my iPads and I don't find they let me type as fast as I can while at my laptop, so for now, speed and convenience win. An interesting discussion, though and, as always, time will tell.
7 months, 1 week ago on The Mobile Blogging Experience
Great post, Margie. And as someone who has dealt with this issue personally, I'll mention that there are things you can do about it if you want to. Treatment, adoption, foster parenting, being a Big Brother or a Big Sister -- there are many children out there who need loving and you don't have to try hard to find them.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on A Letter To Those Of You Struggling With Infertility
What a great post! Aliza is a long time friend and while I know much of her story, it's lovely to see it shared here, Liz. She's the real deal.
10 months ago on Reinventing Women: Paint with a broader brush stroke...meet Aliza Sherman
Congratulations one and all! So excited for this new adventure.
10 months ago on Welcome to ArCompany
Love this Jayme, and this kind of thing happens all the time. Your tips are spot on -- and the fact that you got this kind of service makes me shake my head. Empowering the front lines to deliver great customer service is, more than ever, a crucial component of business success. Imagine how embarrassed you would be as a business owner to read this review of a dining experience at your restaurant? Actually, that's a rhetorical question--I know exactly how you would feel! Great post!
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Social Customer Service, Ruby Tuesday And Five Tips