The responsibility to be kind

Good for Simone Biles. Good for Naomi Osaka. Good for every single person who has recently stood up and said, “This situation is not good for me and I will not do this to myself for your entertainment.” The world has changed in the past twenty years, and we’ve all seen the effects of social media, viral media, the bully pulpit (literally) of Twitter, the toxicity of algorithms that promote the content that makes us most reactive and angry. Of the folks that have learned to use social media to promote disinformation, or simply have learned that if they respond to everything with outrage, whether outrage is warranted or not, that behavior will be rewarded.

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