Monday, June 13, 2011

The Need 4 Opinions

We all seem to be having a love affair with other people’s opinions; and there is no shortage of opinions to be heard. 

We seem to have strong opinions about everything, but why? 

Something has definitely shifted.  The news stations and papers used to be more neutral; not so today.

Perhaps it’s that we are so overloaded with messages that we feel the Need to react.  The Need to speak.  The Need to be heard. The Need to identify.

Or perhaps we’ve always been this opinionated and social media has just given us a louder voice?  Which is it?

12 comments:

  1. I think it's a combination-we've always been opinionated but now our media gives us permission to be so open about our views. In addition, as humans we have the need to analyze and compare as we make sense of our lives.

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  2. Interesting question. You may have provided part of the answer - the media is not neutral anymore. I sometimes feel the need to express an opinion to counter the views (often erroneous, in my 'opninion') espoused by the media people. They often presume to speak for us (we the people). I don't care for that when they do!

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  3. Whoa! Excellent questions!
    I wish I knew the answer! ;-)

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  4. So true...it seems that everyone has opinions...strong opinions about everything even if they don't have the knowledge about the situation. Guess social media just makes people feel the need to spread it.

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  5. I think we are a much more vocal society. We are stressed and the stress begins early on even with education. We need to be able to speak up or we simply won't be heard. With this comes opinions. People are loaded with them. We do not always want them, but however they are quick to come. I do not know what the exact answer is, but I try my best to keep my opinion to myself unless someone is asking. I hope you are doing great!

    Mama Hen

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  6. Another great question! I think as we want to feel like we matter, our opinions find expression made easy through social media. It really has cranked up the flow so much. Hope you're well!

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  7. I think it goes back to everyone's need for validation. Oprah talked about this a lot in her last episode.

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  8. I think I agree with Andrea and the need for validation, but I also think that we're always just had loud opinions, but we've just been afraid of expressing them. What do you think?

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  9. I die! That photo of KLV in ballet is making my heart explode. I must register Chloe for ballet soon! so cute!

    I just had an unfortunate incident on an airplane where a woman's strong opinions nearly got the best of me. I honestly don't know why some people feel justified in flinging their opinions about like they should be written in the Good Book. To each his own, but when it comes to insults and rudeness, I have no interest in hearing other people's opinions. How's that saying go...Opinions are like ^&*holes, everyone has one and they all stink. Kinda crude, but true :)

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  10. I think it's both. Modernity has always encouraged independent thought and we've always equated 'intelligence' with the ability to not only process existing information but to come up with original ones. The problem is, everyone wants to voice them out and be heard and no one wants to listen. Everyone just wants to win. So frustrating....

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  11. so true. I don't mess with facebook/twitter, but I know that most of the time when people are telling me "opinions" of other people, it is formed from something they've said/written of FB. Sad but true. That's why I stay away...far away!!!

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  12. Your little ballerina is adorable! Lily took a dance class for all of 8 weeks then dropped it. Those darn tap shoes were such a pain to find, too!

    As for the opinions...I think social media has just allowed us to voice them more!

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