HOW TO: EXPRESSING UNPOPULAR OPINIONS IN THE MODERN WORLD

Dublin, Ireland - November 12, 2011: Woman protester during Ocupy Dame Street March. Occupy Dame Street is peaceful protest and demonstration against economic inequality, social injustice and corporate greed taking place outside the Central Bank of Ireland plaza on Dame Street in Dublin. It takes its name from the Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City's financial district.

For anyone reading this article right now, there is a high chance you have been lambasted in some social situation for having offered a viewpoint different to that expressed by the perceived majority. It’s a sign of the times that even vocalising an unpopular opinion can bring a torrent of condemnation raining down on you; no one and no topic is safe. As such, we’ve put together a crash course survival guide on how you can navigate the tricky modern world of having to please everyone.

Keep Calm and Carry On

While it can sometimes feel isolating to be the only one in the room thinking differently, there are a few ways you can fight back.

Start a blog

It’s what we did! The best way to face criticism is to counter it. Gather together some like-minded friends or go it alone – the most important thing is that you are able to express your opinions openly and without fear. Write articles about a specific topic or simply indulge your interests from your own unique perspective. Setting up a WordPress blog is easy and affordable, meaning you don’t have to waste precious time or money. One of the best outcomes of blogging is the gradual establishment of a community: within no time you’ll find yourself conversing with great people who share your opinions – and blocking the trolls!

Attend local meetings

This can be tricky depending on where you live, but chances are there will be some kind of local group who are all seeking to vent their feelings and opinions just like you. Use a site like Meetup to either seek out others or start a group yourself. You can create events that simply involve meeting in a local pub to have a chat over a pint or taking up an activity while discussing whatsoever you choose. One of the best things about sites like these is realising just how many other individuals there are like you!

Have a laugh

Sometimes there’s really nothing you can do about the people around you. No matter how well you present your argument or how well-founded your points are, some people just cannot be pleased. In such situations we can only advise that you try to not take it too seriously: water off a duck’s back, and all that. Rather than ignoring the comments people make about your opinion, we reckon that’s it’s better to channel all your energy into simply making fun of those who do it. Take to the Twittersphere, Facebook, or wherever else you may choose, and use your weapon of choice to devastating effect – memes, retorts or whatever makes you feel good celebrating your freedom of speech.

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