The Ass & the Elephant in the Room: Political Etiquette

Let us talk about the elephant in the room, and the ass who is posting in it.

You’ve seen it, you’ve heard, you may have even posted it.  Political jargon and opinions are everywhere these days and with the elections coming up — they aren’t going away anytime soon. That’s okay. In fact, I strongly believe its important to be able to not only have an opinion, passion, and/or belief, but to also be able to discuss important matters–appropriately. By all means, post pictures of your lunch on Instagram, express your anger towards this morning’s traffic, vent or rave about where this country is headed, some may care while others don’t but for the mental sanity of everyone in or around your cyber space have some manners, dammit.

Did you ever have to take Cotillion as a kid? Join a scouts club? Have parents? Somewhere down social media road people forgot about etiquette, and if you’re not sure whether what you’re putting out there is slightly obnoxious/offensive/useless or not, here are 10 tips on talking bureaucratic drama.

1. We have a right to speak our minds, so don’t be overly sensitive about other people’s opinions. Yeah they may sound like a total idiot but feel free to advise them to check out Adultingforbeginners.com for some help ;).

2. Be respectful. Typically when something terrible happens and it blows up the news people throw politics, religion, and demographics into the mix–and for obvious reasons. You never know someone’s personal ties to a matter so don’t be overbearing. There’s a chance you may not always be right.

3. Be educated. We are creatures of influence. Sometimes your parent’s ideas aren’t in tune with your friends. Try to be knowledgeable on multiple sides. There are important issues for you to know before word vomiting all over the internet. “Staying well-informed is always best”- someone probably from 1980 something.

4. Do not ASSume that everyone wants to hear or talk politics. Listen guy, sometimes I don’t want to get in a heated discussion about that, I only asked you if you had a sharpie I could borrow so I could draw faces on this old deflated birthday balloon in the office.

5. Stay clean. Buy some Orbitz for that dirty mouth who are you anyway. This is not ASU let’s stay somewhat classy (only kidding Sun-Devil friends, although you kinda know its true).

6. If you’re going to dish it out, you better take it. Don’t take it personal, there are differences in opinions for reasons. Ask questions, I don’t know maybe learn something from another person.

7. Don’t be surprised when you get negative feedback. Maybe you posted on facebook about that one event but didn’t say anything about another and now people are questioning your character. This can snowball quickly. I mean next thing you know you’re America’s most hated facebook friend. It’s suddenly raining outside and you need an umbrella, shelter, and a warm California burrito… but the only person who can help you happened to see you change your profile picture to that one country’s flag but you totally ignored that hurricane that hit in that one place– and this person now feels like its only right to let you get your new Yeezy Season 4 sneaks wet and drown you in your sorrows. Now you’re on food stamps and you can’t get a job, your wife leaves you and you were never even married. All because you didn’t think ahead.

Yeah. that can totally happen, so be prepared.

8. Gauge the room if talking politics out loud and try not to yell your opinions.

9. Don’t make your FB post a daily venting diary. Make a blog instead ;). I kid I kid. Really though…

10. Whatever country you live in, try to find something about it you love. Count your blessings child.

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More about Danielle Angrest

I graduated from the University of Arizona in Psychology with a passion for understanding people. Trying and learning new things are an absolute must for me. I love my Australian Shepherd, Socrates and his ability to stay calm at the end of every Game of Thrones episode. I love being ironically indoorsy. Sushi, skydiving, bourbon, and brunch are always answered with a yes if you ask me. Most of all, I love humor and wit, and the -art- of growing up.

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