Jim Murray

1 year ago · 2 min. reading time · ~100 ·

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Words & Deeds

Words & Deeds

I don’t know about you but I am coming up on twenty years of being on social media. And during that time, I’m sad to report, that I have seen a real deterioration in the civility of human beings towards each other.

It feels like a certain segment of our society has gotten angry about just about everything. If you read through the comments on any post that has to do with politics, even in an indirect way, you will see it pretty clearly. This great divide was always there, but over the past five or six years it has become quite toxic.

There have always been liberal and conservative schools of thought in free societies, and the whole idea was to disagree and make your point as respectfully as you could. Because nobody really wanted to be seen as a bully or a fanatic.

But that’s all changed. And not for the better. Mainly because it has  morphed from healthy debate to unhealthy antagonism, and in may cases outright hatespeak.

Now you might think I’m talking about America here, but it’s by no means contained to that country. It’s pretty much everywhere you look. And the fact that people can hurl these nasty slings and arrows with from a relatively safe distance has, I believe, been responsible for the exponential increase in this type of online behaviour.

If I was writing this a couple of years ago, that would have pretty much summed things up., But this situation has morphed again, into real threats of physical harm from people who are fanatically in disagreement with others.

So the loss of civility really has become just the tip of a much deeper iceberg of ideological fortresses firing at each other. Not so much to convince the other side of whatever position they have,  but to harm them with insults and threats and intimidation.

Now, for sure, this is only happening in a relatively small subset of each country’s population. But it’s way more than the fringe thing than it used to be.

The trouble, I believe is with social media itself. There is so much blather and propaganda disguised as information that people are, unwittingly for the most part, forming their opinions from sources they aren’t questioning.

One of the big bones of contention these days surrounds the whole Covid 19 issue. There is a pretty substantial anti-vax movement out there that is getting their information from somewhere. But there is so much misinformation out there that it’s really hard to find out what’s real and what’s not anymore.

In order to make an informed decision you really need to look at the available government statistics, and not just take someone’s word for it. If you do, I sincerely believe you will find that vaccines have been responsible for a great deal of the containment of this virus. Those who have been vaccinated are better protected than those who are not. That’s the indisputable fact.

But because there is so much misinformation out there from questionable sources, people can actually end up believing that quite the opposite is true.

At the end of the day, we all have to make our own decisions. But social media has made it far too easy to form opinions based on other opinions. And once they have formed their opinions, they become, through some weird social media osmosis, extremely pissed at anyone who tries to correct them or offer a dissenting opinion. This then deteriorated into name calling and worse.

Granted, for the most part it’s all just a lot of hot air blowing around. But then some kid named Kyle shows up at a demonstration and kills two people with a semi automatic rifle he wasn’t even old enough to legally own. And you have to wonder about words and deeds.

My blogs are all accessible here on bebee.comI am also a Featured Contributor at Bizcatalyist 360˚https://www.bizcatalyst360.com/author/jimmurrayYou can also follow me on social media:beBee: https://www.bebee.com/@jim-murray LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-murray-b8a3a4/Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/y97gxro4 - ~ Jim Murray ~
| am an ex-ad agency creative director, writer,
art director, strategist, editorialist, reader,
TV & movie watcher. | have been actively
posting on social media since the early 2000s.

| live with my wife on the beautiful Niagara Peninsula

in Canada and work with a small group of companies MURMARKETING
who are making a positive difference in the world. ~ STRATEGY & CREATIVE ~


My blogs are all accessible here on bebee.com
I am also a Featured Contributor at Bizcatalyist 360˚
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Timothy Wall

1 year ago #7

I would tend to agree. Although I think Social Media has opened an “outlet” for the frustrations people experience over well-paying manufacturing jobs that have gone overseas. DT used that to scapegoat minorities, blaming China. It's not China that is to blame, it's the massive corporations that have ZERO loyalty to their countrymen. They will steal every last penny of profits regardless of who goes down. People need to buy "Local - Family Owed" business and stop supporting large Corporation just to save a buck or two.

Governments, especially fascist and right-wing have the same philosophy. People need to get involve to vote corrupt politicians out of office. Sadly many don't know how to think critically. Those kind of politicians play the people like puppets, based on emotions, and they stupidly fall for it.

Greg Rolfe

1 year ago #6

@Jim Murray nicely written!!!!  That was an excellent summary of the progression.

Jim Murray

1 year ago #5

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #4

@Jim Murray 

If anyone has been watching the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse .. there is as Paul Harvey would say more to “the rest of the story” 

As is always the case in any trial - there are uncounted details not known .. 

I am made to wonder about those folk doing the burning & looting .. creating violence & destruction  

.. this LAWLESS behavior has occurred not just in Kenosha, WI but in MANY other USA cities

How are the looters & lawbreakers being held accountable - being tried for their “deeds" and "words" (none of which should respectfully be repeated here) 

Had these event not been being taking place - this situation would not have occurred 

I do not think this (then) 17 year old went there on a mission to kill 2 people - the evidence strongly suggest he did not 

Though I do think is is wise to avoid any area where this LAWLESS LUNACY is happening 

God help is all if such wrong-thinking & wrong-doing continues 

Darkness is a contagion 

Ken Boddie

1 year ago #3

I believe that the art of debate, Jim, with its reasonably civilised intention to sway the opinion of the other side, died a dead a long time ago, except on various ‘comedy’ debates where the celebrity speakers can be extremely entertaining while keeping a modicum of civility towards each other.  Politicians in many countries appear to have slanged each other off, to within a whisker of commencing fisticuffs, for as long as I can remember, but perhaps the difference between the angry pollies and the angry minority (hopefully) of social media keyboard warriors is that the latter have no face to face contact and hence mistakenly believe that they are somehow anonymous and hence beyond any meaningful reproach, incrimination and ethics.

It could be argued that there is some comparison between these anonymous irate and indignant keyboard warriors and the average assortment of road-rage affected clowns, cocooned in their vehicles, who would seldom replicate their outrageous behaviour when forced to deal more directly with others as pedestrians, or when situated in more intimate surroundings without their auto shields. 

Once the transition is made from using offensive and foul language to ‘sticks and stones’, then the additional move to automatic firearms is a mere function of access. Perhaps prolonged exposure to instant on-line gratification, and the associated mentally retarding effect of waning attention spans, eventually breeds the instant arsehole? 

Jim Murray

1 year ago #2

Jerry Fletcher

1 year ago #1

Jim, I agree. Our tribal ability to empathize enough to meet a stranger is wasting away. Our ability to produce the brain chemical oxytocin has been diminished by stress and we are moving towards enclaves founded on lies and becoming desperately alone. And so it goes.

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