Let us ALL give thanks this Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving only a few days away, people near and far are reminding themselves what they are thankful for. As no one person is the same, it is evident that their ‘thanks’ aren’t either. Of course families, friends, life and good health may be things that most people are thankful for but what about the things that set us apart from one another? We all dwell here on earth and we also all have individual peculiarities. Why shouldn’t we be able to express them? The media might be to blame, when it comes to PETA that is.

Ok, so I know PETA can be a bit excessive but please check out their new ad: http://ow.ly/KHms  While PETA is known for using extreme methods to make a point (nude women, bloody fur, etc.) in this particular message, there are no inappropriate measures; only the truth. All this family wants to do is share a nice Thanksgiving meal with the ones they love… nothing wrong with that. The little girl gives ‘thanks’ for the factory farms in which our beloved turkeys are raised. She’s only speaking the truth but no one wants to hear that. They just want to eat the damn thing not caring where it comes from or what it went through to get there.

Granted, people are going to eat meat and there’s not too much that can be done about it.. especially around the holidays when meat is a staple. What can be done, however, is educating others about where meat comes from.. the good, the bad and even the ugly. Who knows, maybe people already know about what goes on behind the scenes. Perhaps this is why NBC refused to air the commercial; people don’t need to be reminded of turkey tortures before they chow down. If this is the case, why should meat eaters be spared and not meat free-ers? Where does the media get off delegating what people should or shouldn’t see. Don’t we all deserve to know the truth?

I know my stance but I would like to know yours.. so vote!  As always, comments welcome.

Social Graces of Social Media

Since I was a little girl, my mother always told me to say please and thank you, chew with my mouth closed, sit pretty and be polite. While these manners are important for raising well-behaved little boys and girls, they differ from culture to culture. In other words, manners and etiquette are socially contructed through traditions and social norms. When it comes to social media, however, you can’t always look to your parents to demonstrate appropriate behavior.

With social media now a global phenomenon, who can you look to for media manners? Here’s a few good tips for various social sites: http://ow.ly/KHpJ.  The author, Tamar Weinberg, puts it well when she says “social media mimics real relationships.” Just because someone can’t see your face or can’t hear your voice doesn’t mean they can’t receive your message. Of course, gestures and facial expressions add personality but for the most part, people get a sense of your personality through whatever message you choose to relay. Don’t get me wrong… it’s great to catch a glimpse of the person clicking the keyboard but how much is too much?

By now, I’m sure we’ve all heard don’t tweet what you eat or don’t be too abstract (which I may be guilty of) but altogether, social media is just a big network of real people in the real world. You wouldn’t forgo a thank you if someone complimented, congratulated or gave props to you for a job well done would you? Reciprocate nice gestures and be mindful of language, pictures, etc. I don’t mean to be lame here but I have to say it… for all of you in the twittersphere, tweet others as you would like to be tweeted.