Facebook is a Cluster Fuck

Listen – be forewarned, there’s no elaborate backstory here… Alas, I’m just a guy.

You know, I’m a mere mortal – I’m more butler than billionaire.

I’d like to let you know that I drink my coffee with cream and sometimes I wear matching socks.

Sometimes.

And you know what? I have a Facebook; I assume you do too.
I don’t really like Facebook, but I have one – I’ve conformed if-you-will.
And much like you – I’m pretty buttfucking annoyed with everyone depositing their two cents about their political beliefs on Facebook.

Facebook has become a cluster fuck.

Yep, an old fashioned, summer-camp –cluster-fuck and I’m just the guy that’s going to declutter the cluster.

So in my effort to rid myself of needless passive aggression, I’ve decided to write my take on why you shouldn’t post your political beliefs on Facebook and believe you’re going to make a difference.
Enjoy.

*** Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in the power of expression. Hell – I think expressing yourself and your beliefs (including the political ones) are well…good!

My issue is more so with the negative take on politics that I’m noticing more and more. This post is in reference to people who post one sided political beliefs. The reason I don’t like these kind of posts is by being one sided, you’re not allowing for any constructive dialog to take place. ***

 

If Only There Was A Place

In a world full of communities that have thrived on the fruit of differentiating political beliefs, one must ask themselves that instead of posting their political stance on Facebook, perhaps there are more effective means of sharing your beliefs with the world.

If only there was a hall in a town that had meetings where people could meet to discuss the issues of the day. (Townhall Meetings)

If only there was a council in a city that had meetings where you could find solutions to modern issues. (City Council)

If only there where parties of people with the same political beliefs that had local chapters one could be involved in.

If only, if only, if only.

Is Facebook really the place to air the issues of your political beliefs? Does anyone really think their making a difference? Has anyone been persuaded yet by your Uncle Jeff’s posts? Has anyone checked the truthfulness of their sources? Do people even read on all sides of an argument before posting their opinion?

The questions, they burn me.

I come from a Facebook before political beliefs were widely shared. My Facebook was full of cat memes, funny videos and the drama of relationship statuses.
It was less serious and more humorous.

Today, people are putting their Twitter fingers to use and releasing their pent up anger about wtf is wrong with the world one key stroke at a time. The problem with posting your political opinion on Facebook is that is isn’t making a damn-bit of difference.

If you really want to make a difference, you need to take action and not talk about taking action. (And yes, save your points about “Spreading awareness” for the comments)

I went to the people and they have spoken.

We ain’t got no time for your crusade against the cul-de-sac.

If you feel so strongly about a certain issue, do something about it – I’d be willing to be you might even notice a result!

The Pat On The Back Theory

My buddy Griff is a GD’d Genius; Hell, he could be president if he didn’t have such a checkered past. He said something that I think is true and directly pertains to the issue of political beliefs.

His Theory is this: People post their political beliefs to get a “Pat-on-the-back”

People are craving acceptance and an effortless way to obtain a like-filled online ecstasy is to simply post the popular belief.

I propose that one of the biggest reasons we are seeing an uptick in political posts is that people are addicted to getting likes. That’s it, that’s the reason! Because if people used common sense, they’d realize how ineffective it is to argue on Facebook.

But what the Hell do I know?

My Solution
So what’s my takeaway I want to leave you with?
Good Question.

My take away is this: instead of posting your political dogma on Facebook, get involved in the community and take action.
You’re welcome.

Please like, comment, and share and tell me what you think. Tell me if you agree with my point of view or if you think I’m an assclown. Tell me about the posts that annoy you.

20 thoughts on “Facebook is a Cluster Fuck

  1. Hashtag activism is rampant but it does very little in terms of making a REAL impact. Instead of sending prayers, GET OUT and donate your time or MONEY. I’m pretty conservative when sharing my VIEWS on Facebook, and I do it sparingly if only to lessen the “noise.” I save most of my outrage and passionate opinions for Twitter. Facebook is kinda dead IMO.

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  2. “People are craving acceptance and an effortless way to obtain a like-filled online ecstasy is to simply post the popular belief.”

    Sums up everything perfectly. There are so many keyboard warriors on Facebook. I feel insecure while posting cat videos there. It used to be a good place to talk about opinions but now it’s just filled with pent up anger and essay length responses in return.

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      1. Facebook is rewiring this generation’s brain a different way. They post curated content to get a feeling of acceptance. Soon, they won’t be able to handle the real world and rejections.

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  3. Though I really dislike social media and I don’t share my political beliefs publicly, I think there are some people who post articles for awareness more than for likes. But people are overwhelmed by the “for your awareness” posts and are tired of them. My recommendation would be to get rid of Facebook or unfollow all those who overpost. If others don’t change then we need to. I got rid of Facebook years ago because of its drama. I concluded that most won’t change, so I had to. The negatives outweighed the positives. It’s a beautiful thing to live in a 3D world (as I type in the 2D blog 😉 )

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  4. Most people don’t seem to be posting about their political beliefs in the sense that they aren’t writing or producing any original content about their beliefs. They’re just sharing (or recycling) memes with messages that get passed around or some other thing someone else – not them themselves – said. It’s a consumerist gesture which makes it far worse than just people blathering in one-sided fashion about their political beliefs. It’s worse because they see some ignorant message on a pretty picture, immediately identify with it without thinking, and share it so others have to scroll by it on a newsfeed. Who knows what the person really believes? He or she obviously doesn’t know because they just recycled someone else’s words they don’t even understand much or didn’t bother to read carefully. It’s idiotic. I’m sure some people are being very calculated about it and handpick what they share, but that’s probably a fraction of the population of these political social media users. The rest just press the button and serve their purpose in the recycling of borrowed content for money system.

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  5. I agree with tonymarkp, everything today is blathering that few really understand or want to constructively change. If every fool who ‘likes’ or ‘shares’, instead wanted to make a difference – teach a child, help a drug-addicted person, learn why some people are for and other people are against a particular subject — without resorting to shaming, name-calling or violence, that would be a start.

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  6. I am on Facebook just because! I really don’t have a meaningful connection to it.
    I don’t think I fit with Facebook, partly due to my stance that people need to think and not just opine. Most of my writing has a social political stance. I don’t share much of my personal stuff, nor recommend this activity to anybody else.
    I agree that this “like and following” thing is virtually meaningless on Facebook. I suspect that the majority of people have only a small number of people who actually check their posts out regularly despite proclaiming that they have a bazillion followers.
    I like WordPress because the majority seem to be working at their craft.

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  7. Personally, I hardly use social media anymore. It’s all kinds of cluster-fucked in every way. I swear that it’s all infested with idiots these days. All the people with brains are going back to blogging and keeping out of the trash heap that is social media.

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  8. I think you are too kind to Facebook and its users. I can barely stand it anymore (and my best friends are on there), and it is NOT effective for a business as it used to be……unless that business has ties to the political left or right. THEN you will see these memes suddenly appear and mindlessly be shared by the sheeple. Anyway….In regards to your Pat On The Back theory; it reminded me of a quote by Frank Zappa – “One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.” – Nice post.

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