warning: verging long
Yesterday, the boy who won my school's speech competition presented his speech once again. This time, we were allowed to give feedback afterwards. I admitted that his "humour" did not amuse me despite of the few true points he made. My feedback sounded especially harsh compared to the other comments, which were all positive reviews.
Guess what happened? I triggered my classmates. Badly.
They considered my criticism as a personal attack on the speaker. They were shocked that I wasn't impressed with "such amazing speech". They were infuriated that I wasn't impressed with the winning speech. In short, I am not allowed to criticise what they all think is "good". Unpopular opinions are not permitted.
How am I suppose to agree with that technology is always bad? I can't just be a dishonest person and say "Oh! Social media is never beneficial! Popular culture is evil!". I'm not sure what the speaker's intention was, but he sounded as if he was forcing his strong opinions to us, which actually made his points less agreeable. True, nowadays kids are obsessed with screens. But there is a bright and dark side to everything. If social media or the internet have never been invented, I would have a lot less motivation in art since sharing my drawings would be more difficult. There are dark sides of technology, but we need to accept both pros and cons.
His humour really isn't my type. Everyone says the jokes are really funny, but ironically very few people laughed. When I presented my speech(which was a brief history of Australia) my whole class laughed from start to end. I notice how people turn a blind eye to flaws in speech finals and claim that they are "really good". Barely anyone think truthfully about what they actually like or dislike. One thing learned.
The other thing learned was that rebelling against popular opinions in public is pretty stupid. Good to be truthful, and I am not afraid to speak my mind. But sometimes, it is better to stay silent.
Ps. This have not much to do with bullying, but I think I'm going to do a lot more story time from now on.