Does Your Message Change?

As more people follow your blog, twitter stream, Facebook page, or forum posts do you change the message or the way you talk? Understandably we all have to use different voices depending on the audience. We don’t, or at least shouldn’t, address our grandparents in the same way that we talk to our young friends. And we certainly shouldn’t be talking to the people at work in the same way that we talk to our children – trust me, I have tried it and it isn’t pretty.

The question remains though, do you significantly change your message? If all of a sudden I become aware that some relatively important people are now reading my twits on Twitter, is it appropriate or even wise to change the way I use that medium or what I am saying on it?

On one hand, they must have followed me for a reason. So, if I change to make myself more serious or less controversial then perhaps I am changing away from what they were looking for. On the other hand, maybe they didn’t know what they were getting themselves in to. Maybe I need to clean up my act so that I am more “acceptable” to these people and can hopefully keep them around as followers so that I can get my message out. But then, is it my message if I have changed for them?

Again, you are going to dress up for a job interview, you are going to be quiet in a library, and you are not going to curse around a minister. But, you went into those situations knowing that you would moderate your behavior. If someone enters your environment, of their own will and knowing what lies there, do you change to suit them, or to what you think suits them?

What are your thoughts? I really need to hear you on this one. And thanks for following along!

The March Continues

OK, again, the slow march will continue unless we stop it. What I am referring to here is H.R. 1955, the Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act.

Basically, as you can read about in the linked article, this Act is an attempt to stop violent radicals and terrorists by giving the government all sorts of powers over them. But, how do you know if people fit these categories without monitoring them? And in the end, what this really amounts to is the increased eating away of our civil liberites. Let’s face it, we are a nation of rebels and radicals.

If this Act has been in place, would there have been a Boston Tea Party? What would happen to men like John Brown, Paul Revere, and Patrick Henry? Is there any more a radical statement than “Give me liberty or give me death?”

I am very happy to see people like Dennis Kucinich voting against these things and talking about them. The problem is why aren’t more people talking about it? And why are our elected politicians voting in favor of these clearly unconstitutional movements?