Character limits makes it easier to be precise and direct online, but at what cost?
Netflix latest show Tidying up with Marie Kondo has me and many other subscribers folding clothes neatly and saying thank you and goodbye to items that no longer “spark joy” in our lives. As we follow Marie Kondo into the homes of families struggling to navigate through their clutter, we are instantly intrigued by the konmari method. Some people, maybe aspiring minimalist or those who are downright pressed for space (myself included) gave her method a try and found a connection with items and objects that was lacking before. Much of that connection was recognizing the objects that have served us in our daily lives should be appreciated.
Not everyone that watched the series felt the same way. A lot of reactions starting pouring in via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter about her reference to books. And, not all of them good.
“I myself keep no more than 30 volumes in my home…Just keep the books that spark joy in your life and that you plan on rereading.”Tidying up with Marie Kondo, Netflix
Critics and the online community of viewers clung to this and created all sorts of memes and gifs that were harsh and aggressive and some even compared her to Joseph Goebbels and the burning of books during Nazi Germany.
There has been a series of tweets and post that disagree with her idea of books and they have taken it to heart. A simple comment became a widespread discussion and everyone has an opinion. It has escalated to assumptions of racism and became a battle of wits. Maybe the show needed to discuss the inspiration or influence of the KonMari method. It’s not all fairy dust and finger tapping. It became such a widely debated discussion that Marie Kondo had to go on 92nd Street Yto defend herself in a conversation with New York Times Katie Rosman.
So what do people need to understand? Marie Kondo has her own method and not everyone is going to agree with it. She teaches a bit of her culture and religion (Shintoism) through her method. Some may find that “odd” or “weird”, but that is the beauty of modernization – being open to new ideas.
When does criticism and expression of ideas skirt the line of bullying? The next time I decide to tweet or post my opinion, I will consider how it comes across the the receiver.