An artist displayed the above picture in a post on LinkedIN.
All LinkedIn users can agree that this is a place of business. And all can agree that this is the artist’s work. Where they disagree was whether this type of work should be shown. The statements fell into two categories:
- Put it somewhere else. It is disrespectful.
- It is a product of your work therefore it can and should be displayed here.
This is not the first time that I’ve seen people complain about what’s posted on LinkedIN. We’ve seen everything like:
- Those silly math problems that 98% of the public get wrong, but every LinkedIN person gets correct.
- The religious verses about a deity that will save you if you share.
- The “I Beat Cancer” picture of a little bald kid to tug at our heart strings and get more likes.
But the issue here is no whether or not the image is art or work or whether it should be shown or not.
The issue is a matter of control.
Regardless of what side of the argument you fall on, here is the real question:
Why do we feel like we have the right to control what other people post especially when we have the ability to control what appears in our feed?
That’s right. In 3 clicks you can hide the post, hide the person, and disconnect completely. But instead of doing that, many times we become the all knowing and judging monarch determining the rights of others.
The bottom line is that you have a choice. In, fact as the sexy LinkedIN super user that you are, you even have power. You have the power of a God to manage your feed, follow and unfollow others, and determine who will and will not be in your vast network.
So be that superuser and do what you do best. Like, comment, and share ;0)
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