I enjoy listening to Dylan Marron’s podcast called “Conversations with People Who Hate Me.” One of the reasons why this podcast stood out to me is because its creation was derived from the cyber negative feedback loop. Dylan Marron, a writer, and video creator is known for creating content on the themes of social justice issues in America. However, while his thought-provoking work has been positively accepted, it has also received a decent amount of negative messages from internet users. Instead of ignoring these comments, Marron boldly embraces this opportunities and utilizes it to moderate real-life calls and further ask them about their personal beliefs and their comments.
As a student at a liberal arts institution, I often find that the conversations and beliefs tend to steer towards a liberal and progressive approach. While this is positive, it also tends to shun away individuals who share a different or opposing view. As an undergraduate, I have served as a Residential Advisor (RA) for First-Year Students for the past two years. While I enjoyed the experience of forging bonds with residents and creating a positive community, it often posed challenges when addressing conflicts between students who shared opposing views. For instance, I recall a time during the presidential elections when two close friends briefly mentioned which candidate they favored and hoped to vote for. Their conversation changed to a screaming session of each students’ political beliefs. As I was stunned, it was difficult to calm and hold a productive conversation with both students because neither one was willing to listen to the other.
This podcast discusses different methods in which people from diverse backgrounds can utilize in order to engage and have meaningful conversations. My biggest takeaway from the podcast is that the point of having a dialogue with individuals who does not share the same beliefs or background is not to convert or win them over. Instead, it is about providing them with questions that allow them to critically think for themselves. I admire Marron’s ability to hold difficult conversations with people who do not share his beliefs.