September 20, 2013
Have you ever watched Hannity when he as Frank Luntz on and they do those focus groups on-air? It drives me insane. Don’t get me wrong, I like Hannity, he’s okay – I can take him or leave him. And Frank Luntz seems to be a good guy; he’s just doing his job. But when they have those focus groups on the show and everyone is talking at once, only able to give small snippets at a time, it makes me all jittery and anxious. My heart rate actually goes up but not because of any of the subject matter. It’s because it’s like a workout to follow all the conversations and people talking over each other.
It also doesn’t give me information about each individual. All I see is a group of people on television throwing out pieces of information. So I guess, since it is on television and I have never met any of these people face-to-face and probably never will, it really shouldn’t matter.
But what about people I know? People in my life that I have met in person? Or say a group of people I may meet with on a regular basis and yet none of us are really close friends? Acquaintances you might say. No one can really know a person or get to know them in a group setting. So when I throw out a piece of conversation and someone comes back at me with an accusatory statement it really throws me off. Quite frankly, it pisses me off. I was simply adding to an already existing conversation. And for someone to say directly to me that what I just said was completely wrong and with a condescending attitude, really irritates the crap out of me.
Then again, I can’t help how they interrupt my words. I can’t make it any more clearer when I say something like, “I don’t want to put political stuff out there on Twitter because I have friends on there who do not agree with me. I am thinking of one person in particular right now.”
Someone comes back at me with this, “WOW! You are letting that person live rent free in your head, aren’t you?”
No, I am not. I like to call it being considerate and thoughtful. I don’t like to be obnoxious all over social media. While I may not think I am being obnoxious, others with different belief systems and political views would more than likely think that I am being obnoxious.
For me, social media isn’t the place to vent out my frustrations, at least not on a particular Twitter account where I have a certain following. I have since created a new Twitter account though – one in which I can be a little freer to express my concerns and views over current affairs. I am following some of the same like-minded people too because no amount of talking, tweeting, blogging or any other form of communication from me is going to change the other side’s views. It’s just not going to happen. So I’d rather be kind and considerate of my real life friends that I have who are on Twitter and of their differing opinions. I’d rather us talk about recipes, our kids, getting older, fitness and other things.
So no, I do not let people live rent free in my head and I do not obsess about what they would think either. I just like to be mindful and prudent on certain social networks.
I won’t even get into the parts where people only hear what they want to hear. That is something else entirely and I just don’t have the energy. I didn’t have the energy last night either, to correct the other person, to tell them, “No, that is not what I said.” I just simply let them go with it. Whatever.