Opinion Media

Maybe this post is venting or perhaps a cry for help because I don’t have a solution to the problem just yet. But this week I have been struck by the necessity of shared opinion in our day. In fact, if you don’t have an opinion you are view with suspicion or worse.

Maybe it is social media. The constant demand it seems to present for a form of engagement that is really just sharing your opinion, and done aggressively without care for what others may think. Sure people have always had and shared opinions but the prevalence of it is a soup that we swim in as a culture.

Quick, rate the restaurant and shoe store on Yelp. Hurry and like your cousin’s post about a border wall (or perhaps click the angry emoji). Or take your time and write a blog post about how this is bad or that just doesn’t get it. Everything opinion all the time. And the media we engage with gives us a megaphone to broadcast how we feel and think.

It has even invaded normal conversation, judgment of others, things, and situations… many that we have no real knowledge about. The opinion culture fostering criticism and condemnation of everything.

Surely it is an increasing problem that only stands to divide and separate the lot of us. We should all do something about it. Resist the urge. Change the dialogue.

Of course, that’s just my opinion…