How a writer spreads their message can be tricky. Social writing is easily made (tediously) boring, pedantic, and drawn out. Readers love a good story, interesting characters, and fun plot twists. It's essential to build the world well, as with any work. One of the most lasting social writers of any age, William Shakespeare, left us with more than a description of life during his age. He left us with themes of freedom and commitment, duty and prejudice that persist in the modern world.
There are numerous works of literature that expound on political inequality, prejudice, and that predict future developments in science and society. From the New York Times to Daily Kos, Breitbart to the Alternative Media Project, writers are able to get their message out there. Science fiction is one of the most progressive of these venues, especially with regard to the prediction of new technologies and social constructs. Writers for television push the boundaries to the edge of believability weekly. What keeps us interested? What makes this writing enticing?
Good plots and characters, layered with a purpose, have done more for social progress than perhaps any other protest tool. In fiction, this layer adds to the complexity and charm of characters, while in non-fiction, the layer of social dissent makes the information engaging and compelling. In plot development, social protest brings intrigue, freeing the writer to discuss their social objective within the context of the story line or the history of the primary character.
A writer adds much to the craft by weaving their personal beliefs into their stories, especially with regard to the larger population within which they exist. Empathy and social concord appeal to readers because the work discusses them; their potential, their future. Writing is a vehicle, it is up to us as writers to do justice to the ideas, characters, and worlds for readers now and for the future.