This week I came across this hilarious New Yorker article about how Trump is, indirectly, ruining our freedom of insta-aesthetic speech.
Here’s a little extract from said article :
Alright. Let’s face it. We’ve all been thinking it.
As hilarious as I find this article, mocking us privileged bloggers who are barrelling ahead with content that is awkwardly ignoring the ever-worsening political and social landscape, there is a very real part of me that identifies with this feeling of writer’s confusion.
It’s not that I feel forced to have to talk about these issues (God forbid I’ll have to use a hashtag other than vegansofig sometimes), it’s more that I still don’t quite understand where my voice fits in with the growing cacophony of political and activist commentary. I am your cliche white, British, middle-class vegan with all the privilege in the world and some good intentions at where to direct that privilege. But, from the perspective of somebody who is just starting out (in a serious way) in the blogging, writing, and social media world, I am basically fucking lost at where to begin in my little corner of the internet.
Yeah. I do want to talk about me. I like talking about me. I love discussions around veganism and mental health, and, now, climbing and I love writing break-up and empowerment poetry. But, I care passionately about feminist issues, our political nightmares in the US and UK, about the xenophobia and racism and the rise of the ‘alt-right’ – or… do I? It’s very easy to say that you’re passionate about ‘issues’, and then proceed to largely ignore them in your everyday life.
Tackle something, not everything
What feels like *enough*? I guess it’s more a personal pressure than anything else: when we post something frivolous, we have this little voice of conscience going “shouldn’t you be talking about the shit you saw on the news this morning?”, whilst another voice answers “but what the hell new insight or input can I have, I guess I’ll just take another photo of my breakfast instead.”.
Everybody has their own space on the internet. One that they have cultivated for a particular audience, or their own enjoyment. And not every blog, every channel, can be or should be a political or activist one. I guess it’s just about writing about what we know, finding ways to get involved in causes past our regular realm of concern, and understanding that how many likes you get on your breakfast may feel awesome, but it’s not what you got into the blogging world for.
What do you think?
Sidenote: my boyfriend has recently started a pretty rad political blog, focusing on American politics – you should definitely check it out, he knows his shit and he writes so well that I’m actually really jealous.