Given current events it has been quite refreshing to see more people become aware of and discuss the negative aspects of social media. I have always been a bit of a “Debbie Downer” when discussing social media, but today I want to swim up stream once more!
In the spirit of being fully transparent I will lay on the line my only current goal for engaging in online communities like Facebook and Twitter.
To get your attention.
Cerebral Cellar’s, and my personal goal is to get our games in the hands of as many inquiring minds as possible! To achieve that will take many factors, but one such factor is the attention of a large group of people who we already know are interested in what we do. It would also require we have a finished game, but the devil is in the details.
In the interim I hope to provide a service through social media. I want to help represent other creators I find inspiring, engage in a well-meaning and motivated community, and provoke thoughtful discussion with my unique perspective.
Social media allows me to achieve all of these things, and you could do it too!
We already do so many of these things without thinking about it. Wear a t-shirt with a band you love, picking up something that someone else dropped for them, offer a suggestion to the wide-eyed couple visiting the bar from out of town, or talking to your friend who hates her job but doesn’t know where else to go.
Seems like just being a decent human being no? It always makes me laugh thinking about how hard that seems to be on social media! Having an ever-present soap-box, the luxury of miles between two participants in a conversation, or perhaps simply issues communicating effectively via text seems to bring out the worst in people. It could be a myriad of other factors, but I think we all have witnessed this phenomenon.
Author Germany Kent put it best: “Speak with caution. Even if someone forgives harsh words you’ve spoken, they may be too hurt to ever forget them. Don’t leave a legacy of pain and regret of things you never should have said.”
Full disclosure, I have not read Germany’s books, but this quote stuck out when I was searching for better ways to phrase my thoughts.
In fact, with the opportunity to think before posting it really isn’t that hard to behave this way. Do some “googling” before you jump to conclusions when someone contradicts you or consider your audience before airing a controversial opinion. By being empathetic, and cautious on social media I think we could optimize the benefits of these platforms and minimize the issues.
Share, like, and comment on things that make you feel positive! The rest of media has cornered the market on anxiety and despair, so let’s make our social version invest in the rest of what humanity has to offer!
We may not be able to change the world, but I would settle for making my corner a little bit brighter for those around me.
Co-founder of Cerebral Cellar