Thatcher’s death has dominated every UK media source possible this week, and whether you love or despise what she represented, you’ll likely have an opinion.
However, particularly interesting are the debates that have sparked as a result of the iron lady’s death. Representative of today’s user content driven society, a prevalent argument to arise is what we should and shouldn’t reveal about ourselves using social media platforms.
For example, Geri Halliwell professed her admiration for Thatcher, expressing sadness at her death, but then quickly deleted this for fear of causing upset “and not being liked for saying something that was not to everyone’s taste.”
Furthermore, her justification for deleting was due to questioning whether she really knew enough about Maggie, or was simply, “trying to be relevant?”
This leads us to consider how far we can truly be ourselves on social media.
Do slightly controversial opinions ever really belong on Facebook or Twitter, or should they be reserved for the domain of private thoughts and/or personal conversations?
And, if we are going to announce potentially upsetting views to the world, should we not at least stand by those comments?
All of us, and celebrities in particular, need to be aware of the repercussions of every tweet….or deleted tweet and what it says about them as a person. We should not only measure what we’re about to say, but also ensure we can confidently and proudly defend this.
After all, social media is the domain of the brave.