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Finding a balance for sharing

Social media is helpful in many ways, but one of the dangers I think is the risk of oversharing. I think finding a balance for sharing is very important.

There are many reasons why oversharing is harmful both to the person sharing and those who read.

  1. You may be turned down for a loan. Banks and other financial organizations are looking at your social media account to learn about your personality. Why? One of the 3 C’s as we were told is character, and they want to see if not only you are responsible, but your friends are responsible. The theory is that if you have a friend who doesn’t pay a bill, you might be the same and the risk of lending to you in increased.
  2. There is no forget button. Whatever you share is forever on the Internet. It doesn’t matter if you delete the post, it will surely get archived and copied. You may feel good about something you share at the moment, but the future may have a different perspective on it. If you aren’t sure if you should share something, then don’t.
  3. Your words will come back to haunt you. I shared something once with the FCC when they sought public opinion on a decision they made. Ten years later when I googled my name it came to the top of the list. It wasn’t something that the FCC said they would share, but once I published it, it was out of my control. You should assume that anything you write on the Internet is public and part of the record forever.
  4. Your words can be used to harm others. You may write something with the intention of positive results, but as I said before positive intentions aren’t enough. There are tons of positive intentioned and ignorant people on the Internet. I try to write things that are supported by mainstream science, and not on any crazy fringe groups. However too often science discovers something new, and when that happens your advice is no longer accurate. So if you want to stand by your words, you need to constantly evaluate them with the new information that comes out daily and revise them when appropriate. Sadly 99% of people do not update their writing, so most information on the Internet is quickly outdated.

How do I manage these problems with what I write? I review things that I write everyday as part of the work of having this blog. I go through and try to delete articles that are no longer true or things that have a low interest by others. I always encourage the reader to challenge what I say, and the greatest compliment to me would be “I don’t agree with you, but it made me think.”

Everything in life has a balance, including sharing.

Boycotting New Balance results in 25% less sales and a quick email

So New Balance said something that was interpreted as supporting Donald Trump. Since that time sales have been down 25% from their usual. So people who are boycotting companies that appear to have supported Trump is having an effect.

I find this fascinating. I did a search and there are many websites that talk about avoiding companies that supported Trump. What is even more interesting is that many people in the black community are avoiding New Balance. This is interesting that since this has happened a right-wing conservative website said that “New Balance shoes are for white people.” Is this really the kind of US that we want?

Boycotting New Balance results in 25% less sales and a quick emailWearing New Balance shoes now shows that you are a racist. That perception has caused me to throw away my NB shoes. I am going to also contact the store that sold them to me and ask them to stop selling those shoes. There is no room in our world for racist or images that might be associated with racism.

So what is the email about that I mentioned in the title? I sent an email yesterday to NB customer support about this issue and telling them that I have thrown away my shoes. Their response is the same boilerplate that they have been using in news articles. It doesn’t convince me to buy them again and I have moved them to my list of companies to avoid.

It is regrettable that one stupid comment by a company has had this effect. However it does show that words matter, and every word matters. There is a newly invigorated group of people who are aware and will respond to any sign of injustice. I watched a documentary on BlackLivesMatter and it was interesting. Only a few queer (queer is the accepted term for this) black women started this movement.

When clothing become associated with racism then no matter what, it is our job to stop wearing them.

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