One of the advantages of the Internet is that everyone can have a voice. Whether it’s through mass emails, chat rooms, forums, social networking sites, blogs, or regular web sites, if a person wants to express their opinion, they have the ability to do so.
However, it’s important to understand that just because you have the ability to do so, doesn’t mean your opinion matters.
In sports, there are web sites devoted to the firing of various coaches. There are sites set up to encourage people to receive certain awards. There are sites demanding changes.
Just because you have the ability to express your opinion doesn’t mean others have to listen.
If you create a web site devoted to having a coach fired, this doesn’t mean your voice will be heard within the team administration. If you create a web site demanding a free agent be signed, this doesn’t mean the team is going to do so,
Too often, people who create sites think that just because they have an opinion and they have a way to communicate their opinion, that their opinion is any more valuable than anyone else’s.
I know that when I write for this blog, or for some of the others sites I write for, people have the right to choose to read what I write and to agree or disagree. I don’t believe my opinion is any more valid or valuable than anyone else’s. I simply am writing to share my views and those who agree with me, great. Those who don’t….great.
Too often, we take ourselves too seriously. Sometimes we need to take a step back and remember this is just a means to communicate. It’s no different than when people would talk at the ‘water cooler’ or when people would sit on their porch and talk.
Keep this in mind the next time you write something on the Internet or the next time you read something on the Internet. It’s just someones opinion and in most cases, their opinion is no more valuable than yours or mine.
Have a great day!
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