I’ m sure we have all seen it. When scrolling through news stories, posts, and comments on our favorite social media sites, there will always be those with the well thought out opinions of “who cares?” and “why does it matter?” But there is a reason why some new stories you don’t think matter…matter. We are all guilty of rapidly scrolling past a post because we believe it does not apply to us. Or perhaps it just isn’t the type of article we prefer to read. But when given the chance, you will be amazed how many of these stories can affect your life personally in some way.
While I do admit that there are some stories and posts that leave me shaking my head, I always try to answer the questions of “who cares?” and “why does it matter?” The reason being, is that no matter how irrelevant I may think a story may be to me, I just may learn something.
For example, the story of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling seems to be taking up a lot of news coverage lately. Because of this I’ve heard all sorts of critiques in regards to free speech, racism, and the personal rights of a business owner. While we may overlook such a story as someone else’s problem, it contains issues we can all relate to. While many may look at the “poor” rich athletes involved and think “get over it,” keep in mind, money is not the issue. The reason the race issue matters is that all of us experience it on a daily basis from individuals as well as the businesses we frequent. This type of racism can be very subtle.
Now the reason it matters is that such stories should give us the incentive to learn about these subtle forms of, not only racism, but prejudice against those with certain sexual preferences, religious preferences, non-religious preferences such as atheists, and those with certain economic status’. This should also gives us the incentive to learn what we can do to fight back against such ignorance.
Also, in regards to freedom of speech, while this is a basic right, when you sign a contract that outlines personal conduct for representing an organization( in this case, the NBA’s owners Constitution)expect to deal with the consequences of your actions. Private or not. Now why does this matter? It matters because not only do we have a responsibility to act in a respectful manner to our fellow man, but we must always be aware of those that we affect with our conduct.
So the next time you think a story is irrelevant or does not pertain to you, think again. You will be amazed at what you can learn with just a few more minutes of effort. It may be the internet, but there are things out there that matter.