Updated… see notes at bottom.
I’ve been watching some so-called social media experts speak today from Izeafest, a social-media and internet marketing event at Sea World in Orlando. I just turned it off… had all I can take.
It amazes me the kind of behavior we follow in this country. Notice I didn’t say the kind of behavior we “allow”, that would be bad enough! No, we actually follow these people. We listen to them.
I’m not even going to begin to try and duplicate the language I heard from these speakers today, but I was uncomfortable, and I’m a construction worker, and I was at home! I expect, or am at least prepared for, certain language in certain settings, such as in the bottom of a ditch on a 100 degree day, or at the DMV.
But live, from a paid speaker, at a professional event that attendees pay $300.00 each to attend? I’m shocked.
I was going to bring my Christian values into this, but I’m not going to. We are a country of diverse religious belief and background, but we are also a country of strong moral grounding. We know right from wrong and we know how to speak with respect and respectable language.
I hope that once the population as a whole comes online more and the online population begins to take on a more accurate resemblance to the “real” world, that we once again establish some parameters of respectability and decency in our word choices.
Additional thoughts a day later:
Kim says I’m always wanting to push my stuff off the page because I don’t like some or all of what I wrote. In some ways that’s true and it’s because it’s not easy to cover every angle of a thought in a short post.
My feelings about decent language won’t change, but I regret suggesting that we shouldn’t follow people who use bad language. That may not be true all the time. Language usage, like the rest of human expression, is subject to continual error. But it doesn’t mean that the person, as a whole, is flawed in some horrible way. They may very well be people deserving of “overall” respect. But, given the chance, I would try and convince them that they would get further by changing the words they use and I think as a society we should stand-up for decency in public.