Yahoo and Agvocating…Time To Look In The Mirror
I can’t help but shake my head in disbelief at some of the responses coming from some in the agricultural community in regards to the article in Yahoo News that listed the “College Majors That Are Useless.”
I am particularly disappointed when I see individuals who are “teaching” others how to utilize social media to agvocate and individuals who have attended training’s, react in such a way.
This article and the one last May were wonderful opportunities to respond in a positive manner and encourage dialogue and conversation on the topic.
However, what ensued were multiple comments, tweets and responses on Facebook that were little more than shouting and bragging…not productive.
Essentially, many of those responding were doing and behaving in the very same manner that they themselves complain about. Rather than rise above the riffraff, and respond as agvocates, or ambassadors for agriculture, they chose to sink to the same level as those who belittle and condemn agriculture in whole or part.
Agvocating is about building bridges between people, growing communities based on respect and understanding and nurturing those relationships to last for generations.
Shouting about how wrong someone or some article is merely closes the ears of those we are trying connect with.
There is a quote that I use when giving presentations on using social media by Sydney J. Harris: “Two words ‘information’ and ‘communication‘ are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things. Information is giving out; communication is getting through.”
The actions displayed yesterday and even continuing today are not actions that encourage communication, bridge building or growing communities.
I realize that some folks who read this will probably feel slighted or offended. If you are one of those people, I encourage you to take a look in the mirror, re-read what you have posted and written in an objective light and ask yourself this question: “If I were a supporter of the article, would I want to engage in a dialogue with this person based upon their response?”
I often find myself checking the mirror…and I don’t always like the reflection :-)
It is fine to disagree with articles and posts, but let us all keep in mind that there is more to be gained by responding in a manner that encourages dialogue and conversation, not a manner that causes armor to be worn and weapons to be raised.
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