You know who I am talking about- that uncle, aunt, grandma or radical friend who rants about his or her political or religious beliefs or posts outraged arguments against another post they disagreed with. Those are the people who drive you a little crazy and who get you this close to unfollowing them. But I never really do. But, social media outlets have made it easy to avoid these people. In fact, with the new Instagram update, you can literally turn on notifications to receive updates from people that you enjoy following and want to see what the post. Which is great in a lot of ways, but also doesn't encourage you to ever see anything that might be outside of your comfort zone or challenge your way of thinking.
However, I think that the ability to unfollow/follow and really monitor whatever we see on our feed is a somewhat of problem with remaining open-minded and can definitely contribute to the decline of dissoi logoi if we're not careful. Meaning that, if we aren't challenging ourselves in other ways outside of social media, it can definitely be problem.
One way to engage more in dissoi logoi? For me, I don't think it has to do so much with social media. For me, it's reading news articles from a number of different news sources or taking time to read blog posts from a variety of bloggers, and even to listen to podcasts, which is something new that I've been trying to do more. I enjoy social media for fun things like following my favorite food and fashion bloggers but in regards to gaining fresh insight on political, religious or opinions? Not so much. In the end, I could care less about what my friends or family post about political or religious views. Instead, I like to engage in dissoi logoi by reading more and listening to more viewpoints. That is where I get the most benefit. And I think I'll reserve my social media for things I enjoy reading and following that get me away from those types of things.