“My name is blurry face and I care what you think. “ -Twenty One Pilots
In a society that we live in today, there are so many methods of communicating that we don’t really
think about it. Share this, Twitter that, Snapchat- the list goes on and on. Whenever a new method
shows up, and you are not part of the following trend, you are left behind in a technological graveyard
to be forgotten and excluded until you decide to follow the crowd. Saying this, I feel that there are two
extremes, the ones that chose to completely reject these trends in order to simplify their lives and
others that decide that everything in their life must be entertaining. Then as an audience we are highly
critical of whatever is written, and are prone to analyzing another person’s life in a way that really
doesn’t need to concern us. We are more concerned about fitting in a world of mutual acceptance via
new social graces that leave us mindlessly clicking “like” for people that we might somewhat know and
then turning around to criticize everything else someone else might say. As the media trends continue,
and as the World Wide Web is ever expanded, the play of ambiguity allows for one to be cruel. People
submit themselves for criticism, and the response to it is eager.
This is a place where people forget that sometimes that life is not always happy. Sometimes a person
needs to write about the negativity about their lives and be understood by others that even as we post
the negativity of our lives sometimes that we cannot see the positivity of the life as it is. You are then
shamed for feeling a certain way simply because another person might be in a worse situation and the
social fact that now you are somehow less of a human for daring to have any emotions. With the
contradictions of handling a person with kid gloves all the time, and simply being cold to their troubles,
even I don’t understand where I fall in this category. There seems to be only a certain extent to where
our sympathies end, and where a person is given a dismissal to either sink or swim.
Throughout all the ways that we are connected in the world now, there are ways that we are ironically
the most distant we have ever been to our humanity. We forget that sometimes our lives are not
something that should be posted on the web for either the encouragement or disapproval of others.
We forget to truly live beyond the poses we take and the attitudes we fake.