Social Media Swampland


I’m starting to believe that the rise of social media isn’t the best idea to come to the minds of humans. No, I’m not saying that as an old man barking at the moon; rather I’m a middle aged (almost) man identifying the fact that our species isn’t as high on the evolutionary chain as we like to believe.

              For instance, recently the entire Twitterverse and Facebook fans lost their collective minds over a picture of a dress (and not a particularly good looking dress) that made some view it as white and gold, while others viewed it as blue and black. For days this was the topic that took over all social media outlets and became pasted ad nauseam on my Facebook page. There was absolutely no escaping this world-wide Great Debate. I simply didn’t understand the controversy…as it was obviously blue and black.

Granted, this is a harmless display of popular and obsessive use of social media. Unfortunately, the virtual freedom of posting ones thoughts doesn’t make exceptions for those whose thoughts demonstrate why freedom for all isn’t a good thing. Whether it is some bigot spouting idiotic remarks, or a celebrity saying something incredibly insensitive, social media doesn’t discriminate between benign posts and the harmful hate-mongering that gets the headlines.

Some of those who post comments on such posts are generally no better. In general, I’m a pile-on kinda guy. Getting a laugh from people collectively outraged at someone else is like shooting fish in a barrel. The old philosophy of kicking a man while he’s down being the best time to kick a man certainly applies to social media. We all like being snarky (just see the previous 142 articles I’ve written) and a competition to be the funniest commenter on the planet is a healthy thing, considering you’re not the target, of course. But some comments only serve to demonstrate people’s idiocy rather than a genuine attempt at being funny.

The genie is out of the bottle and the use of social media won’t go away. Truth be told, I’m just fine with that. Yes, I use Twitter and Facebook, so apply any hypocritical accusations as you will. In my case, I post humorous quips and funny thoughts intended to amuse people and are not at the expense of people…except stupid people but they don’t know enough to be upset anyway. So just think before you post on social media…or else the idiocy you seek to identify may turn out to be your own.

And obviously, Team Edward and not Team Jacob, Coca-Cola and not Pepsi, Maryanne and not Ginger, Star Trek TNG and not Star Trek TOS, dogs over cats, and the dress is black and blue.

See? Nothing controversial about that.

 

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