There are a LOT of blogs and online publications today and as a social media professional, it seems I am always hearing and reading if we don’t have anything positive to say, we shouldn’t say or write anything at all. Being raised by the golden rule, I get it. However, there are also times, when a difference of opinion or a conflicting point of view makes for interesting conversation or for no other reason our right as Americans to free speech.
Don’t get me wrong. I love being around positive people. In my opinion, the comment section on blogs, and social platforms are meant for feedback, critiques, conversations, etc.
It seems lately, I have been reading more and more blogs where if the content is questionable, or controversial, there are no comments, or if there are, the comments are “great job”. Are these individuals really reading the posts? Are they just posting something in the comments section for the SEO juice? Or are they a bunch of zombie-minded Stepford wives of the internet posting happy thoughts because they don’t want to hurt their social media friends’ feelings?
It’s not just on blogs. It’s also on social platforms such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter. Has everyone has had the Kool-Aid? A good portion of the social media population appears to be conforming to the “I’m going to be positive all the time” mentality to the point if they don’t have anything positive to say, they say nothing.
I like to ask questions, get people’s opinions and many times all I get is a “like”. Why is that? Are they too busy to comment? What’s your opinion? I really would like to know!