I am reminded of how hard communication is on a daily basis, both in professional terms (How do we produce content people want … and how do we make sure they see it?), and in my own home life (How do I tell my wife something that accurately conveys how I feel?).
That second one is sometimes harder than it sounds, because well, our feelings don’t always make a whole lot of sense. And if they do, they’re complicated. It’s not as simple as, “Me angry. You do better.” Usually (always?) it’s more convoluted than that.
Which is why I am sympathetic — to some degree or another — to any goober who makes an ass of themselves on social media.
A former Kansas State student did just that yesterday, and she did it in an entirely upsetting way. Racism is not a good look, nor does it reflect particularly well on my alma mater. This is frustrating to me, as an alum, but also as a human being who wants to see the best in other people.