Politics, Religion, and Social Media ~ Outside the Margins with William Cooper

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Time and time again people have seen the advice not to talk about hot button issues, like politics and religion, on social media. Usually it’s attached to the reasoning “You never know who you’re going to alienate with your views.” And, time and time again, the advice is thrown out the window because “if my views alienate them, I don’t want them as fans.”

There are two problems with that. The first, using that reasoning to go on rants and tirades on social media just makes you come across as pompous and arrogant. The second is the reasoning is flawed. It doesn’t matter if people agree with your views or not, nine times out of ten, they don’t care about them.

It’s election season. Everyone aunt, uncle, and second cousin thrice removed is posting about the candidates and the debates. People are sick of hearing about it. They’re tired of hearing about Donald versus Hilary. They’re tried of hearing about Red versus Blue. They’re tired of hearing about all the drama of the world.

Genre fiction, especially romance, is about escaping the real world. It’s about letting your worries and problems disappear for a short while. By having to read political tirades and debates from their favorite authors, some of that escapism is ruined. When they’re looking for something to read, they’re going to skip over the author that’s constantly bombarding their social media with rants.

Eventually, they’ll start unfollowing those authors on social media. Then you’re losing the potential benefits of social media. You’ll lose one of the most beneficial promotional outlets available to authors.

If you feel the need to express support or displeasure with something, then write up a statement. Keep it professional, express your position, and leave it at that. A single, public statement is all you need to do. You don’t need to live tweet from your professional accounts during presidential debates. You don’t need to post hourly rants about the future of the country or word. If you want to do that, do it on a personal page where you’re only annoying your friends and family.

Otherwise, keep politics, religion, and other hot button topics off your social media. Instead, post funny cat pictures, share your cute kids, tell the world about random conversations with your roommate.

Trust me, your followers will thank you for it.

~William Cooper

About William Cooper

William Cooper has been writing and reading since he was little. In 2010 he took the first step toward publishing a book and hasn’t looked back since. Whether it’s two men who met in college or brothers who have been in love their entire life, William loves to tell their story for everyone to read.

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2 thoughts on “Politics, Religion, and Social Media ~ Outside the Margins with William Cooper

  1. Good advice. I don’t agree with people who say an author should never include politics in their social media, but I do agree it’s important that when you choose to, you keep it professional. It’s just too antagonistic out there right now.

  2. This post really resonated with me. Things are rough in the “real world” these days. So much dissonance, disagreement and disrespect. I read fiction for one reason: to escape the doldrums and harsh realities of everyday life. It’s nice to have fact within fiction, and it is our right to express our opinion and to agree or disagree with someone else’s opinion. But I prefer all art forms to flow over me, like a cool breeze on a hot summer’s day. Writing is an art form; I am in awe of all authors who are willing to lead us on a fictional journey. I’ve been following a thread about authors and social media on Goodreads, and it’s amazing how alienated some readers feel by harsh discourse in social media forums. Thank you for your insights.

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