If you’ve taken any time to read all the sites out there that talk to you about blogging, how to get people to comment on your blog, and how to get listed and do well in social networking sites, you no doubt have seen a tip that reads something like this:
Say something controversial.
For people in the media business, this is something that many of them do. Sometimes it’s via the positions that they take, for others it’s the names that they call people. In still others it’s how they dress and carry themselves.
In the past few weeks, a high profile radio personality (Don Imus) was let go from MSNBC and CBS supposedly for something he said. Whether it was actually that, or a combination of race relations and the withdrawal of sponsorships has been already been talked to death. What I want to focus on is the power and unpredictability of what you say and how you say it.
You see, there are many bomb throwers that walk the line in an effort to attract attention. They give politicians names. They insult or be brash/radical about their propositions. And if you agree with what they’re saying about the other person, you can’t help but laugh or smile.
I installed this greasemonkey script called “Keep Republicans Laughing” and it replaced every instance of some politicians names with their “Rush Limbaugh” substitutes. I admit, I found it amusing when I wasn’t trying to figure out if it was the real text.
But my friend and coworker pointed at it and wondered why I would shrink to name calling. Part of me hearkened back to my youth when I was in high school and said that if a person cannot have thick enough skin to let things like that just fall off them then they are no more than children.
But, should I be name calling? Especially as a Christian? Certainly not. I have removed that script from running on my browser, and told my coworker that I was wrong, but we need to be really careful that our tongue (and our words on the screen) speak well of Christ– that they carry His love to all, regardless of whether we agree.