With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility In Social Media: The Curse of the Million Followers
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility In Social Media
This is not the Spider Man edition or the Voltaire edition. It is not about superpowers or political power. This post is about great power that comes from being an influencer, someone who is popular in a specific field and has a following of people online.
The Political Power Responsibility
Throughout time, politicians and civil servants understood that their position allows them so much power and that they must do good with it. They must step up and take responsibility for their people, for what they represent. Similarly those with super powers are usually similar. When we teach politics we teach ethics. When we read The Prince, we inquire within ourselves about the implications of every action we do. The book don’t address ethics or morality directly, but you can’t be a leader of people without really contemplating the morality of your actions and if you are on the side of good or evil.
The Superpower Power Responsibility
Similarly those with super powers power carry a huge burden to use their super power for good. Bill Gates spends his time and wealth on to cure illness, fight poverty and increase accessibility to education. Ray Dalio spends his time spreading his teachings and giving back to the community. Einstein sent letters arguing for the need to strive for peace and illustrating the danger of war and the atomic bomb.
Our Communities Are Filled with Powerful Responsible Role Models
Our communities are filled with people with great powers who strive to be role models. The head of a religious worship place, the leader of a youth group, a teacher, are all examples of such people. A teacher, a religious leader and a youth leader all know that they hold great power. They might not use it for good, but they know they carry great powers and great responsibilities. Many of them are role models for the people they teach and lead.
Bursting the Bubble
The difference between those in our communities and those political and superpower powerful people is the size of the bubble. If you are a politicians and you interact with other politicians and government leads, you are in a bubble. You need to break the bubble. You need to realize you are in a bubble in order to really care the great responsibility that’s on your shoulder.
Those who are able to see how their actions, their knowledge and power can impact everyone outside their bubble are the true good role models.
Modern Powers with Little Responsibility
Today there seems to be more people under the spotlight who are in power, many who attract huge folllowing and become defacto role models. They are not the explicit kidn of role models you will write about in your common appliation, but they type that is implicit. You have many of these. Many people you follow on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium or many more other platforms. This includes heads of states, Youtubers, celebrties, models and company executives.
This is a unique situation where the number of followers you have indicate power you have. You now have power to influence. You are now a role model. People watch you, people follow you. People want to be like you. People observe your life, critique it but also try to embody it in their own lives.
What’s surprising is how many of those powerful people seem to brush off their powers and not realize they are role models. Back in the day, the celebrity scandals were far in between, but now a day doesn’t pass without some news about some very important figure saying or doing something they shouldn’t have done in public.
It’s time to take on responsibility
I think those in power need to realize the power they posses and they must take responsibility for their power or else they must at least acknowledge the implications of not doing so.
Influencers With Great Power and Varying Amounts of Responsibility
I present you examples of People with Great Power and the implications of their responsibility.
I am writing this to show that not every person in power is a good role mode (but that they should). We should only give power to people who are doing good for humaity and we should hold those people to high standards.
Influencers who are tryig to Give Back
The influencers here ackwloedge the amount of power they have and use their infleucne for causes they care about. They are trying to give back to humaity any way they can.
Bill Gates is one of this influencers who is trying to give back, dedicating his time and money to fight poverty, diseases and spread education.
Michelle Obama advocates for girls education and advocates for girls power.
Influencers Who are Not Living Up To their Expectations
Sometimes we don’t choose the superpowers we get, but we get them and then we must use them for good. The influencesrs here have a lot of infleucne whether they asked for it or not, but they are not really trying living up to the amount of good they can do in the world.
Whether or not he signed up for the role, Facebook is a media company: it’s actually in the name “SOCIAL MEDIA”. Mark Zuckberg keeps insisting that Facebook is a technology comapny not a media company. I think this is shying away from being a true leader, being true change in the world. I urge Mark to consider that he is one of the most infleuntial people in the world and that he has a huge opportunity to change the world (hopefully for the better). Shying away from the opportunity and doing nothing is bad. Staying silent is siding with evil.
The richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos is usually busy thinking about space travel through his company, Blue Origin. I think there huge missed opportunity to leave a true legacy in the world and really make a difference in ways that could help eradicate diseases, poverty, increase education, etc.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) May 2, 2018
Influencers Who Are Doing It Wrong
With over 17 Million Followers on YouTube, Logan Paul is the most influential YouTuber and Social Media celebrity. Aside from being really SAVAGE, he took it too far when he found a dead body in the Japanese Suicide Forest. Logan Paul, you have so much impact on younger generations. USE IT for GOOD!
Dear Internet, pic.twitter.com/42OCDBhiWg
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 2, 2018
Elon Musk with 21 Million Followers on Twitter and people who would buy every flame thrower he makes and put money down for a car they never seen, Elon has a lot of power and infleunce with his own fanboy club. Fighitng with journalists and trying to build tunnels in LA without taking into account safety of any of residents in LA or the environment, it seems like Elon’s power is getting to his head and he is heading in the wrong direction.
Well said. NYT journo is outraged that “dumb” public wd dare critique him while attacking me for being sensitive to criticism. Uhh… https://t.co/vZbyUY1rf4
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 26, 2018
Influecers Who Acted Too Late
Travis Kalanick, former Uber CEO, was on top of the world, but after numerous scandals at his company, it seemed like Kalanick had a huge opportunity to really speak up and change the state of things specifically for discrimnation and harassment but his the way he handled things really helped spread the idea of doing whatever it takes to win in the business world: a very bad lesson to be teaching people. He did speak up everntually but it seemed forced and it was too late.
1/ What’s described here is abhorrent & against everything we believe in. Anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired. https://t.co/6q29N7AL6E
— travis kalanick (@travisk) February 20, 2017
Why Am I Writing This
I am really writing this to make us think about how our powers are impacting the world, to let everyone of us consider their legacy. If you have powers, if you are in a position of influence, you can make a great deal of impact in the world. You can make an impact on diversity, on youth, on equality and health. We can make educationa accessible and peace prevelant.
What I want to say is, each one of us has an infleunce and I want to stir discussion about what is the legacy we are leaving the world. I think we should all be thinking about that from a young age. Ray Dalio only started thinking about his legacy when he was retiring, but WHY. Why don’t we think about our legacy always. Why don’t we realize that we could be infleucing people for good or bad.