Thoughts on Communications & Civility

The explosive growth of social media is a phenomenon of our times. The impact is far-reaching and an interesting look at our society. Thee Nextdoor platform is one example of neighbors arguing about local politics, masking, chip seal techniques on our streets. I fear some post comments to get under another’s skin; they may not even believe what they have posted—plain mean people.

Social media has also “outted” those “Karens” and “Chads” of the world who appoint themselves to correct the perceived wrongdoings of others. I’m afraid we are becoming less civil every day.

These platforms can be excellent tools for local clubs, civic organizations, schools and communities to promote the common good. Nonprofits can benefit as well by sharing their mission, seeking volunteers and support. Newcomers to a community benefit from getting recommendations from others about a variety of services and providers. I suggest these are all examples of civility.

Human nature, being what it is, makes it difficult not to comment on posts that are contrary to one’s own beliefs. By taking a few minutes and thinking if comments are warranted, then taking the time to structure carefully worded comments, good communication and civility can prevail.

That’s 30, what is your opinion?

One thought on “Thoughts on Communications & Civility

  1. Thanks for raising the need and value of civility! The need has never been greater as we are experiencing a pandemic world filled with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Our Olympic athletes are brave enough to give voice to the anxiety and depression they experience.

    Instead of hate-filled and critical attacks on others by some we need more and more caring and supportive leaders to speak up. Kim Cameron has just written a book titled, POSITIVELY ENERGIZING LEADERSHIP which calls for virtuous actions and relationships.

    Fewer people are involved in faith communities and civic clubs today. I would speak up and encourage others to connect with those faith communities and civic clubs that communicate truth and flourish in love for others.

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