Vax 🧵 😳

There are people I like and trust who advocate for the COVID vaccine, and there are others I like and trust who advocate for their right to choose not to be vaccinated. Due to a combination of my politics, my personality, and my research, I am the former.

In an ongoing attempt to explore the nuance in arguments and at least try understand the "other" view before shutting it down (and not lose friends) I've investigated the best arguments for vaccination and against it, and have come to the following conclusion:
The BEST argument *against* COVID vaccines is that we haven't had enough time to fully understand and evaluate any possible long-term side effects. There are of course good arguments against this concern, but I'm not here to fight that battle. Let's be charitable for a second.
The BEST argument *for* COVID vaccines is the suppression of spread and mutation of the virus. There is the benefit of minimising one's own chances of contracting it, and limiting the severity of the illness, but the bigger challenge, societally-speaking, is spread.
I can attempt to understand why some might be skeptical of big pharma, of the speed at which the vaccine(s) were engineered, etc but fail to understand how anyone who believes those things can also celebrate Beff Jezos and his rocket and not see their hypocrisy.
(I think Jeff's rocket is great, btw, but that's another 🧵)
So back to the (possible) long-term effects of the vaccine. I think it is fair to say - with all the information we have available to us right now and without dismissing that possibility entirely - that it is an unlikelihood. And if it happens, it would only affect YOU.
On the flip side, vaccination as a preventative measure, and as a mitigator of spread and severity is (with all the information we have available to us right now) a likelihood. Provided of course enough people opt in.
To put it another way, I think rational people on both sides of the argument would agree that there is a less-than-likely chance of adverse side effects to vaccination, but a more-than-likely chance that safe and effective vaccination could limit spread of the virus.
If that's true then this is true: an argument *against* vaccination is based on a less-than-likely possibility of a threat to your own life, and an argument *for* vaccination is based on a more-than-likely chance of improving the lives of others (bonus: your own, too).
If that last tweet triggered you, here's a picture of my kitten to help you get to the next one.
For me, it comes down to this:

If I have to weigh choosing a more-than-likely chance of a benefiting a bunch of lives against a less-than-likely chance of a threat to myself, I'm choosing the first option every time.

Who wouldn't?

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7 Sep 20
Your social media outrage is not having the desired effect.

A few weeks back I posted this thread about my disillusionment with the ANC.

Except it wasn't 100% true. I didn’t vote for the ANC in 2014.

So why would I lie?

Well, it was a bit of an experiment ...
For context: I’ve spent the last 15 years helping corporate brands navigate the opportunities and challenges of social media. More recently my focus has shifted to digital leadership, but crisis management is and was a significant part of both. I know crises better than most.
With more than 100 cases under my belt (many of which you watched unfold online), I’ve noticed that 7 out of 10 times, social media outrage has precisely the opposite impact to what detractors hope. i.e., it actually serves the brands under attack rather than damages them!
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I feel stupid, and embarrassed.

I grew up, like many white South Africans my age, politically apathetic (and illiterate). I voted with my parents. As I grew more politically aware, intentionality followed. I chose of my own accord to vote ANC in 2009, 2014 and 2019.

In 2009 I voted ANC because, well, we seemed to be doing ok. SA had weathered the global financial crisis better than most, and I was optimistic. In 2014, I voted ANC because I believed the organisation's values could trump the influence of even the most insidious leadership.
In 2019, I voted ANC because I believed in Cyril and hoped a good result at the polls would increase his internal influence and power over the cancerous factionism and rampant corruption in the party. That, and the only legitimate opposition was (is) a dumpster fire.
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I ran an advertising agency for 13 years. This is a thread about what every owner / manager wishes their employees would do more, but forgets (or neglects) to tell them. I added GIFs because I'm down with the kids.
1/ When you apply, talk about how you'll impact the agency, and show me you've done your research. Talk specifics ("I've seen your research, I think I can add a new dimension to that thinking"). Ask questions about the aspirations and values of the business. Challenge me.
2/ Negotiate your salary. Not just up front, always. If you don't know how, ask someone financially astute or Google it. Negotiation, and communicating your worth, will be a key part of your value proposition to the agency. Be assertive.
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