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My Imperfect Observations: Twitter & Media

Joan Winifred

Twitter is tricky. So is public speaking. Not all of us have had much public speaking training. And for those of us who have…it can still be challenging at times. (Thankfully! my parents valued Truth, effective communication, and books!! Yeah, obviously by my blogs,…enJOY creative writing…and am not too strict about grammar, punctuation, big vocabulary or rambling run-ons off-topic. 😉

I AM STRICT ABOUT TRUTH AND ACCURACY/HONESTY OF TOPICS/RESEARCH/INFORMATION CONVEYED IN (MY) CONTENT! (Must be why? don’t have many writing gigs, eh??…couldn’t be my choice of living and topics, huh??!;) And Yeah, since 8 trained/groomed in public speaking, communication, etc. LOL! hard to tell?? reading my writing…yet, i still faithfully attend mind gym each week. And faithfully study (hours? each day)…to the best of my abilities. The aforementioned stuff about me is just a BTW aka “context”…for any Reader:) to understand where my observations/thoughts on twitter/media are coming from.)

Writing to me is (like) conversation…and conversations bounce around…(length-wise and topic-wise); at least my brain bounces. Actually, the training/teaching received..has helped discipline me as an extra/extrovert: let others speak, don’t dominate every conversation, get rid of word whiskers, get to a logical point/conclusion, stay on topic within given time frame, simple metaphor works best, know your audience, etc., etc…enunciate, gesture appropriately…facial, emphatic, descriptive…teaching tools. Convey warmth and feeling..Power, pace, and pitch…condense deep/rich/nuanced topics to bitable-understandable-digestible food in 30 seconds or less…or within time frame of 6 minutes or much more. From my (educational, spiritual, experiential, and other) point of view: effective communication needs to take place within the varying very short to very long time range/span…framework of effective speech. You need to be able to communicate well whether time alotted is 30 seconds or 30 minutes or much more.

How much time and how many words…does it take to reach understanding??…(depends and on speaker/listener, etc., etc.)

From my perspective: words, communications…can be valuable helping tools. Some choose to weaponize.

Word choice can appeal, attract, repulse, alienate, persuade, conquer, indoctrinate, educate…

Promote peace…🙂

Twitter (in some ways) reminds me of the cable cooking show “Chopped”…time constraints, ingredient constraints, judges’ palate(s) constraints…whatever appears in the tricky, pre-picked basket of ingredients…talented chiefs working with limited time and limited items…makes for a tasty/palatable dish or a yucky/less-palatable dish. Acceptable dish? either moves contestant/cook on to the next round or cook is CHOPPED!


with twitter…Hot/cold topics…how does one fully understand/appreciate/know the rules…”tastes” “palates” of what the judges (followers/audience-readers aka word-tasters) are “momentarily” “individually” “subjectively” looking for/want?? the judges and their tastes, workable ingredients (words, topics, contexts) are constantly in flux/motion…and/or ripe/unripe. Harsh! twitter ‘chopped’ can mean hating, death threats, stalking, or much worse literally speaking….living/dieing?!  career, reputation, relationship UGH/OUCH.

Is twitter (turning into) a weaponized-word(s) gladiatorial game(s)?!

Of course, as a geeky Bible reader/student…am reminded of this ‘text’…

 Death and life are in the power of the tongue; Those who love to use it will eat its fruitage. (Proverb 18:21)

When You like to talk like i do…and write…can be a challenge to stay out of trouble, eh?!🙂

may be i should shut up now!!!;)

readings and warnings about media…what to believe/what not to believe:

The mediaInformation broadcast as “news” is often presented in a biased and opinionated way. The media sometimes functions as a tool of the political system. News reports might be blatantly slanted in lands with State-controlled media, yet […] living in so-called free countries must be careful not to adopt the bias of a commentator. Ask yourself, ‘Do I enjoy listening to someone in the media because I agree with his political leaning?’ If so, you might look for a more objective source of information. In any case, it is wise to limit your intake from media sources that promote a political agenda and to test what you hear against “the standard of wholesome words” found in the Bible.​—2 Tim. 1:13.

Undue pride. People often tout the merits of their race, tribe, culture, city, or nation. However, we know that taking undue pride in tribe, culture, or nation puts us at odds with Jehovah’s view of human rule and the human family. Of course, God does not expect us to renounce our culture. In fact, cultural differences illustrate the marvelous diversity of the human family. Still, we must remember that in God’s sight, all people are equal.​—Rom. 10:12. [excerpted: Maintain Neutrality in a Divided World  w April 2016]

Facts and knowing the content

“When anyone replies to a matter before he hears the facts, it is foolish and humiliating.”​—PROV. 18:13.

Today, people are bombarded with information. Internet websites, television, and other mass media present a seemingly unending array of ideas. Many people are also flooded with e-mails, text messages, and reports from well-meaning friends and acquaintances. Since the deliberate spreading of wrong information and the distorting of facts are common, we have good reason to be cautious and to evaluate carefully what we hear. What Bible principle can help us? Proverbs 14:15 says: “The naive person believes every word, but the shrewd one ponders each step.”

As individuals, we may also become victims of injustice because half-truths or incomplete information is circulated about us. Consider the example of King David and Mephibosheth. David showed generosity and kindness to Mephibosheth, returning to him all the land of his grandfather Saul. (2 Sam. 9:6, 7) Later, however, David received a negative report about Mephibosheth. Without verifying the information, David decided to strip Mephibosheth of all his property. (2 Sam. 16:1-4) When David finally spoke with him, David recognized his error and restored to Mephibosheth a share of the property. (2 Sam. 19:24-29) But this injustice could have been avoided had David taken the time to get the facts instead of rashly acting on incomplete information.

What, though, if you are a victim of a slanderous accusation? Jesus and John the Baptizer experienced such a challenge. (Read Matthew 11:18, 19.) How did Jesus deal with false information? He did not spend all his time and energy defending himself. Instead he encouraged people to look at the facts​—what he did and what he taught. As Jesus said, “wisdom is vindicated by its works.”​—Matt. 11:19; ftn.

There is a valuable lesson here that we do well to learn. At times, people may say unfair or critical things about us. We may long for justice and wish that we could do something to undo the damage to our reputation. Yet, there is something we can do. If someone spreads a lie about us, we can live in such a way that no one will believe that lie.

We may have developed fine thinking ability and discernment. We may be highly respected for our sound judgment. Nonetheless, can this also be a snare?

Yes, leaning too heavily on our own understanding can become a snare. Our emotions and personal ideas could begin to govern our thinking. We may begin to feel that we can look at a situation and understand it even though we do not have all the facts. How dangerous! The Bible clearly warns us not to lean on our own understanding.​—Prov. 3:5, 6; 28:26.

Another challenge to evaluating matters accurately may be faced when we have a personality conflict with […]. If we constantly dwell on our differences, we may begin to look at […] with a measure of suspicion. Thus, if we hear a negative report about […], we may be eager to believe it. What is the lesson? Harboring ill feelings toward […] can lead to distorted judgments that are not based on the facts. (1 Tim. 6:4, 5) We can prevent our judgment from becoming clouded by refusing to allow envy and jealousy to take root in our hearts. Instead of giving in to such bad feelings, may we recognize our obligation to love […] and freely forgive […] from the heart.​—Read Colossians 3:12-14.  [excerpted reading: Do You Have The Facts? w August 2018]


Questions for reflections:

am i an effective communicator?

are my words bite-size or choking-size (chocking) aka easily understood/appreciated? or am i a conversation stopper?

do i have all the facts?

are my judgments clouded by bad feelings?

am i strictly neutral: (politically speaking)?

am i promoting peace, harmony, good-will toward all-beautiful-breathing-fragile-life?

10/10/18 @ 5:03 p.m.

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