Why I won’t Change My Profile Picture to Show My Support of X
I believe in a lot of things. I vote in every election, for every candidate that I can. I sign petitions when I truly believe in the cause. I fundraise. I support friends’ causes.
But I won’t change my profile pictures to show any of that — because I am a journalist.
You may have noticed a sea of red on Facebook by now (if not, here’s an article from one of my favorite sources, ReadWrite Social (ReadWriteWeb’s Social channel) about it). Two equal signs (made of various things; I noticed a few brands jumping on this) on a dark red background. On Facebook. On Twitter. On Instagram. I am going to tell you right now — I believe in marriage equality. I believe that two people who are LUCKY enough to find each other should be able to celebrate that love with Tiffany’s, registries and overpriced invitations.
But I do not believe that I should use my profile to show my support for this cause. I don’t think changing my identity online will do anything to change the decision of the supreme court. I think writing posts like this, having discussions with my peers — and with people in general — is what is going to change public opinion.
Voting changes public opinion. Speaking out changes public opinion.
So, I urge you, my fellow journalists and soon-to-be journalists to think long and hard before using your valuable brand space to support another cause — there’s nothing wrong with writing a status or blog post, but giving up your “face” real estate? That’s something I simply won’t do.
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