“INFLUENCERS” – in the past and today

Let’s believe in education, culture and good manners. That is the only way to become the real “influencers”, role models for ourselves and for the others.

Lana Jovanović, 15, young reporter - UNICEF volunteer
Lana Jovanović, 15, young reporter - UNICEF volunteer
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2019
27 June 2019

Do you know who she is? A reality star with half a million followers on Instagram. Yes, you will immediately call her an influencer – an influential and absolutely trendy person. Moreover, she is a role model for many young people! I wonder why? What are her qualities, talents, knowledge?

Why should we look up to the so-called reality stars, people who rarely do well in terms of education or serious business and people who most often make a “career” through scandals, selling their intimacy and creating conflicts with other participants...

Why wouldn’t we look up to, for example, writers, doctors, pilots, teachers... as it was the case until a couple of decades ago, when people used to tip their hat when meeting a teacher.

I often hear the elderly, but also the young people, finding the following excuse for this state of affairs: “These are the times”. Yes, they are... but this is exactly why we should change them!

Why wouldn’t we appreciate real “influencers” again? For example, brave and devoted people, like those pilots who flew and saved lives during the war? Or writers who wrote for years to publish a book? Or doctors who face illness and death on a daily basis, trying to help patients? They do not think about popularity or “followers” and yet, they give us so much. Why aren’t they the “influencers” of our time?

We could make retrospectives and comparisons for hours – how it used to be and how it is now. But we are living at this moment and we cannot return to the past... However, we can change our present, review it critically, choose who we “imitate”, what we watch, read and listen to...

Let us, for example, take the perspective of a 70-year old doctor who has retired long time ago. It may come as a surprise, but perhaps he also watches reality programs. However, he is already mature enough to assess what is high quality content, so he may be watching such a program just to laugh at that lack of quality.

On the other hand, we teenagers need to be aware of who we are and who we look up to.

So, let’s be our own influencers!

Let’s believe in education, culture and good manners. That is the only way to become the real “influencers”, role models for ourselves and for the others.

Let’s choose what we watch and who we look up to!