Facebook, this morning, decided that I should search for Donald Trump, based on the posts I’d interacted with. Once I got past the visual of me batting around a Facebook post like a cat bats around a mouse, two things occurred to me:
First, this is the problem with companies assuming they know you so well, based on your online shopping patterns and behaviors. (Arguably, my credit card company has me mostly figured out, and the occasional call to see if an out of character purchase was really mine is a good thing. Slightly Big Brotherish and creepy, but it is usually a good thing.)
Second, not only do I not need to search for “donald trump,” I’d really like to see a lot less of him in my news feed – he’s everywhere, these days. Why would you need to search for him? This gave me a brilliant idea!
REVERSE SEARCH!! For when you really just want to LOSE someone or something.
All humor aside, the posts I “interacted with” are well worth reading:
Sean Blanda’s, The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb: “Sharing links that mock a caricature of the Other Side isn’t signaling that we’re somehow more informed. It signals that we’d rather be smug assholes than consider alternative views. It signals that we’d much rather show our friends that we’re like them, than try to understand those who are not.”
I went to a Trump rally in my hijab. His supporters aren’t just racist caricatures, by Kaddie Abdul, who has more patience than I do – though I aspire to be more like her in my willingness and ability to listen to “the other side.” Here’s a small excerpt:
His supporters are people, not caricatures. They feel marginalized economically, politically, and socially; they see a world different from the one they think should exist. Many non-Trump supporters are also concerned about the current economic and political state of our planet and its implications for a stabile future for our children.
What differentiates me from many of the Trump supporters I met this weekend is that their concerns for our future have led to an overwhelming need to see all of our problems as someone else’s fault.
These two articles, together, share a theme of empathy and reconciliation that makes them worth a thoughtful read; I hope we’re not all past being willing to listen to, and try to understand, one another.
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