Becoming prevalent in the ’80’s, primarily employed by rappers and comedians, note Wikipedia’s following definition:
“A mic drop is the gesture of intentionally dropping one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech to signal triumph. Figuratively, it is an expression of triumph for a successful event and indicates a boastful attitude toward one’s own performance.”
In other words, a person stops speaking and releases whatever tool made his voice possible to hear — believing there is no need to continue the conversation.
My question today, no less, centers around how comfortable we’ve become with dropping the mic. Remember, based on Wikipedia’s definition, the act “indicates a boastful attitude” toward self.
… How many times does a person in social media have to have the last word?
… How many times can they seemingly not allow any opinion other than their own to stand?
Hence, if only their opinion is acceptable — and if they have to always have the last word — I come to two questionable conclusions:
One, they probably are not the most skilled at respectful dialogue.
And two, they’ve gotten way too comfortable with the mic drop.
So how do we proceed?
It would be wonderful if all on social media would band together to dismiss with this dropping, so-to-speak. Sadly, no less, I’m thinking that might be incredibly challenging. Too many too quickly enjoy “amen-ing” the act.
And so we must instead ask ourselves how to wisely respond.
In processing this question for the day, I kept coming to a quote my mother has long repeated:
“You don’t have to attend every argument to which you are invited.”
(Now there’s an “amen”…)
As elaborated upon by author, speaker, and psychiatrist Leandro Herroro:
“This quote is from an unknown author. He or she must have known a thing or two about the futility of engaging in every single discussion that comes your way. The quote is also a proxy for ‘pick your battles’. There are battles worth fighting and battles that are not…
… a better angle is ‘What will make the difference?’
… [You] don’t have to attend to every argument to which you are invited, you don’t have to get involved in everything, and certainly, you do not have to spend your time fighting every battle.
The magic word is choice. Choices are always in front of you.”
Sometimes on social media, many choose to be silent. That silence should not be used to make assumptions about the non-speakers; such is only a surmise.
That silence may instead most signify a response to a perceived mic drop…
“What can I say that will make a difference?”
Then perhaps there’s little wisdom in response.