If you want a career as a political commentator, especially online, it can be a very lucrative career. However, talking about politics online can be mentally exhausting for multiple reasons.
Name Calling and Blaming
People on both sides of the political spectrum love to call each other names. The Liberals love to call the Conservatives hate mongers and Nazis, while the Conservatives love to call the Liberals overly sensitive little snowflakes. Of course, this doesn’t apply to everybody.
People Will Attack You
In most cases, people will either mock you or they will attack you with fire in the soul for disagreeing with them. That has happened to me countless times. In most of my cases, the people that I disagreed with loved to gaslight me.
Constantly Keeping Up With Bad News
How many times have you’ve logged onto Facebook to see a link to a news article that’s makes you sad or angry? For professional political commentators, it’s their job to keep up with the bad news. They also need to come up with very convincing talking points.
Cancel culture is done online and in real life. Dictionary.com defines cancel culture as the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive. For example, many people on the left side of the political spectrum love to cancel celebrities who have said something on social media a decade ago. Many people on the right side of the political spectrum want to cancel anything that represents the LGBTQIA community.
I’m burnt out when it comes to talking about politics. At the same time, I still care about this topic. For that reason, I keep the political discussing online to a very minimum. When I do talk about politics, I try to inject some humor into the discussion to prevent it from escalating into a screaming match.
Talking about politics online can be mentally exhausting, so imagine how people who do this for a living feel.