During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. – George Orwell.
I came across the above George Orwell quote and immediately started thinking about the way we communicate now. I used to think of writing as a very genuine and sincere means of communicating. The thought of somebody putting pen to paper and taking the time to think and write with their unique hand, was indicative to me of the value they placed on their words. With the eruption of social media, computers and everything else technological, I no longer place the same value on written words.
Let me make it clear that I absolutely love technology and am a strong advocate of e readers, twitter, facebook and everything else that has lured us. However I am increasingly concerned with the difference between online and offline personas; I do not know if what I am reading has been written genuinely. The social media frenzy has largely got people writing what they think people want to hear or tweeting what everyone else is tweeting so that they can join the “conversation” and be in the know.
I love conversation but what I do not like is deceit. I am often having to stop myself tweeting or posting on facebook just because everyone else is . To “be you” and stay true to what you believe is an increasingly difficult thing to do in our “politically correct” environment.
I want to be a revolutionary truth teller!