Willingness to Communicate

So I mentioned at some point that maybe I need to set social media as a whole aside. I’m not sure what’s changed, exactly, but whatever prevented me from engaging with others has weakened significantly.

I think blogging is part of it. I’ve become accustomed to expressing my opinion publicly. Obviously I’m not exactly a very notable individual, in the grand scheme of things, but I get on the internet and ramble on about something for around five hundred words. I dunno, it’s created this idea that I’m not only allowed to speak, but in some cases feel obligated.

Unfortunately, boldness is not the same as correctness. Overall most of my experiences engaging with people have been positive. My goal, typically, is to engage with someone from a point that understands their position, even if I disagree with it. Respectful discourse and all that.

The problem is that I’m increasingly unwilling to pass something by without comment, especially when I disagree with it. This is becoming a fairly severe problem within the current political climate of the US. I personally tend towards the liberal/democrat end of the spectrum. My coworker tends toward the more conservative/republican side of things. Yet we both sit in awe of the people on both sides who’s argument seems to boil down to “that’s wrong because the other side supports it.”

It’s mildly amusing to know my coworker has been having the same issue with social media as well. A little bit worse in his case because facebook and family are involved. I don’t associate with most of mine anymore, on either count.

There’s a different kind of boldness there too. I’ve become much more willing, when I have a question with no clear answer, to just tweet at or email the company/person with said question. I figure the worst that can happen is they ignore me right? That’s usually what happens. I think I’ve only had three responses, ever, and those were via email. A super short and rather belated one from Gabe Newell. At least he was polite.

“Thanks, Steve.” – Gabe

A slightly longer but more dismissive one from someone who gave a seminar at work, and a rather incomprehensible one from a music artist. I was trying to determine if they intended to do any more live streams on their gaming channel.

“I do still them”

I, uh, think I know what that means? Evidence so far has, however, not matched the implied meaning.

It’s cool though, I get it. All of these people are probably rather busy. I appreciate the fact that I didn’t end up in a spam folder somewhere. Each one of those three people took some time out of their day to actually respond, which is more than I ever got via more public platforms like Twitter. I’m sure the somewhat private nature of email helps.

I’ve actually considered fishing around with some interview-ish questions in order to write a blog post, but that seems awful selfish of me, to ask someone for so much time when it seems that it only really benefits me. On the other hand, what’s the worst that can happen, they ignore me?

On that note, I’m gonna go get some work done. Y’all stay safe out there.

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