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August 12, 2018

IN THIS AGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND FAKE NEWS, CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY

 

This piece is written by Mikaela Dizon, our guest writer in Write Things.


Often on social media, the people who are well-liked or who post good-looking photos get numerous likes, because people like to see the good things about life. And those who post these infamous stories or photos do so because…let’s be real: some people like to make things look flowery, too. However, not everything on social media is as perfect as it seems. And this is something that we can connect to writing—sometimes people make their written works flowery instead of simple and substantial. They scrimp on the facts and truths that really matter and, instead, insert unnecessary adjectives. Some people like to write only what looks good—they are coerced, in different ways, into writing what others like to read.

Writing what people like to read, every once in a while, isn’t exactly wrong, but I believe it’s also important for people to write about the things that matter. Why let fear stop you from writing your convictions? Why let peer-pressure influence the things that you are most passionate about? Why let the world define who you are through what you write? It’s easy to forget that words are at our disposal to help us express ourselves, and to help us make a difference.

Despite being someone who has loved writing for years, I’m not going to deny that I’ve made decisions to write about only what people like to read too. I’ve oftentimes chosen to write about topics that were completely based on my friends’ interests, denying myself the freedom to write about my own, just because I knew more people would enjoy reading other topics. One day, though, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came upon a friend’s post: I can’t disclose which friend the post belonged to, nor what the post said, but I should mention that it contained paragraph upon paragraph of her own opinions about poverty in the Philippines. It’s not often that people write these things and decide to post them, because it’s not an easy thing to do.

Here is an example of one who has gone down the road less traveled through what she has written about online:

It’s actions like these that open people’s eyes and help individuals become the cause, not the effect.

I’ve continuously used social media as an example in this piece because social media plays such a big factor in what we write. Again, people tend to write about, and share, trivial things such as which Kardashian removed her lip fillers, or even (for those who don’t have much of an interest in writing) what they did on a Saturday night — but maybe it’s time for people to start using their words as a tool for good deeds, posting about what the world needs to do to heal. And yes, once again, it’s not easy to do so (there will be judgement; there will be disagreement), but it definitely will be worth it.


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