Social media has the capacity to be the great leveller.
There are many stories of heroic Davids defeating mighty Goliaths, although not quite cutting off their heads, through the use of connections made possible by services such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube etc. But a recent campaign from eBay for Charity has left me feeling that maybe the Goliaths need to take some moral responsibility and stop fighting altogether.
“The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, even a god-king can bleed.” – King Leonidas
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I believe that, deep down, everyone wants to help. But as humans gathered together in larger and larger numbers, this universal understanding was forgotten and we began to see other people as not like us. When we lived together in small communities it was easy to remember as we either saw the helping going on, or we heard about it.
As our global village grew, the conversations were taken over by the broadcasting media and their content twisted to reflect only those events that were negative. No longer would we discover all of the good that people were doing, instead, people were to be distrusted, even feared and suddenly we all felt alone and powerless.
And then along came social networks. Now we could talk directly to these people and discover what it was they really were… the same as us.
My children are always a source of both great amusement and overwhelming frustration, but what strikes me most is there apparent lack of self-belief and determination.
They both certainly have an abundance of confidence, but this mostly manifests itself as arrogance and when faced with an actual challenge they are soon very keen to give up and consider the task impossible. What has happened to lead a generation into such a terrible crisis? I feel as parents that we have always shown them unwavering support in what they have chosen to do and been very careful to make them aware that certain things take time to realise, yet still they get frustrated by the simplest of obstacles.
It’s easy to knock something, take the ‘anti’ side and write some cheap, controversial headlines. There’s been quite a lot of this happening within the Twitter community itself lately, so it’s easy to see why a celebrity comedian would jump on board.
I, however, think that there is only ONE sign you’ve been spending too much time on Twitter and I’d like to share it with you now. Unfortunately it’s more than 140 characters, but it’s not always possible to appreciate something from just a single Tweet.
The ONLY sign that you spend too much time on Twitter is:
I’ve noticed lately that there has been a distressing increase in the level of negativity within the Twitterverse and feel compelled to comment in more than 140 characters.
The amazing power of Twitter has been revealed to me numerous times over the past year and a bit. I have won tickets to see screenings of Jaws at the London Aquarium, jars of super tangy Marmite XO and even found myself a new job, but the most amazing thing of all was made very clear to me last Friday.