Social media is enlightening, especially Face Book because it appears to be more personal ads depicting foolish passing thoughts or shallow political and religious parading with little to no feedback input except some ‘pats on the back’ through a button called ‘like’. Readers (‘Friends’) rarely read carefully defined numerical reasoning for an opinion but respond well to pictorial graphics blaring poor grammar and spelling errors to draw attention to an ideal. Face Book folks (at least some) who do actually post their opinion, also do NOT welcome a controversial opinion or note however, and quickly delete it if it inflames them or they simply ‘unfriend’. Divorce is so easily accomplished that the other ‘spouse’ doesn’t even know their relationship status has changed to ‘single’ (which includes close relatives as well).
While so easily controlling reader-subscribership is comforting to many, it’s also pretty boring to me. I do like a good debate that incorporates valid reasoning on all sides. I appreciate it when information heretofore unknown by me and others is brought to light to be examined and dissected upon which a ‘new’ foundation can or might be built. I like the opening of new questions that present ‘what if we did this’, or ‘how can we do that’. I want to be able to view and understand other ideologies more clearly, colored into perspectives not based on solely one side of the street, but above it, below it, from the other side and from sides previously unknown.
Finally (well almost) what does really befuddle me on Face Book, Twitter etc. are the tools folks use in order to be ‘heard’, they holler (in caps), scream with pictured blood, ‘kill or maim’ in highlighted verbiage one another over a united anger at the real culprits who are not even part of their social network at all. Perhaps it might be more constructive to consider addressing newspapers, Congressmen, the President, or even pastors directly rather than browbeating, bullying and harming each other. That, of course, isn’t going to happen except for a few who will speak out to that other audience, all the rest will simply push and shove those in their immediate vicinity who are just as helpless as they.
So, Face Book seems impossible to me because while many other online forums entice and only tolerate one tiny slant and nothing more, with Face Book it’s impossible to have any kind of discussion because ideas move like mercury and evaporate before even a few can hear or see, let alone participate. Face Book is more like a Sunday comic section with the same amount of depth. So I am left with the first question ever encountered by human beings: ‘Is this all there is?’
................okay, FINALLY (in caps so you’ll hear me) I really miss the rousing discussions we used to have here.