Considering all the events, anger, frustration, fear, and pain today, I happened to log into Twitter. Twitter, for me, is place where I can follow sports and hobbies. I've done what I can to curate it to avoid news, politics, and work. And, right at the top of the feed, was this:
No I will not do this. I will not ‘stick to tech’— Myke Hurley (@imyke) June 2, 2020
I am a human. I have feelings and opinions that are outside of one area
And if your reaction is you don’t want to hear what I have to say, maybe you should be questioning your own humanity, feelings, and opinions https://t.co/mNX9TD6Jpv
Of course, variations exist. "Stay in your lane." "Discuss what you know." "Give us what we come here for." If you're on the Internet, developing a following, building a brand, are you allowed to share other thoughts? Other feelings?
Yes! Absolutely, yes!
As Myke wisely and accurately notes, he's a human. His lane IS all the aspects of his humanity. Everyone's lane is all the aspects of their humanity. Whether you follow someone online, interact with them via social network, listen to their podcast, or read their blog, you're opening yourself up to their viewpoints. Otherwise, why follow or interact or listen or read them? They can go outside their usual areas. They should - that's how they challenge themselves. That's how they challenge their audiences. And challenging yourself, your audience - making them think about hard or different things? That's good!
I don't have much to say about all the societal turmoil in my country right now. It's not new, and there are no easy, quick fixes. I'm trying to listen, and learn, and help in whatever small ways I can. I will share two things that have made me nod my head. First, from CNN:
Second, also from my sports-oriented Twitter Feed. This, as @patrickrhone would say, is important:
Dear white people,— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) June 2, 2020
For days you’ve asked me what you can do to help. I’ve finally found an answer.
Let your guard down and listen. pic.twitter.com/74SVv8XOqp