Friday, January 3

In 2014, a little less mean?

Taylor Swift got a lot of attention with her song "Mean." The lyrics start with
You, with your words like knives and swords and weapons that you use against me
You have knocked me off my feet again got me feeling like I'm nothing
You, with your voice like nails on a chalkboard, calling me out when I'm wounded
You, pickin' on the weaker man
All the lyrics have some power, but my favorite two lines are these:
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
Why you gotta be so mean?
Yes, why do we have to be so mean?

Social media is littered with jabs of meanness. People getting riled up and saying horrible things about others, often strangers, without having sufficient information and apparently not caring about having anything remotely representing facts.

It seems as though we have become a society that feeds on meanness, that we have become social media bullies. Any hint of weakness, any suspicion of a fault or foible, any whiff of possible scandal is chumming the social media waters. The other forms of media pick up on the trend and seemingly legitimize it which means the stream of mean becomes of torrent of hatefulness and bullying. Few seem to give others the benefit of the doubt.

And we wonder why kids bully each other. Really?

I'm hoping that in 2014 we come to our senses a bit and just be a little nicer, a little more respectful, and little less willing to join the meanness fray.

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