The danger of not speaking up

Is there value to not speaking up or can it be dangerous?

These uncertain times have polarised our business communities with many people stepping up and speaking up for things that they feel passionate about.  It has meant in most cases indicating, if not declaring, political views or a philosophical stand point. Yet there seem to be many in the automated world of social media for whom it is business as usual.  Their communication seems to operate in a societal vacuum. Many are simply not speaking at all.

This can be attributed to a number of things:

  • World events are passing them by
  • They don’t want to get involved in heated public debate
  • They don’t wish to speak up for fear of damaging their brand or their business
  • They don’t care at all, or enough
  • They want to avoid conflict or disagreement
  • They are being strategic –  want to see the outcome
  • Silence is safer – they fear reprisals

Read: Speaking Up for Ourselves

We see the same flow of publicity, blogs, promotions and tips and tricks, but no opinions. Others openly are opting out. The disagreeable nature of any discussion, the backlash and vulgar and unpleasant comments is for many simply too much and they are afraid of speaking up. Friends are disconnecting on Facebook and families are falling out.

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