Listen my wide-eyed reader – I need you to be forewarned, there’s no elaborate backstory here… Alas, I’m just a mere mortal – I’m more butler than billionaire if-you-will.
I’d like to let you know that I drink my coffee with cream and sometimes I wear matching socks.
And you know what? I have a Facebook; I assume you do too.
And much like you – I’m pretty pickle-humping annoyed with everyone posting their two cents on their political beliefs on Facebook as if the world was just dying to know what Johnny Smith and Suzie Q’s opinion’s were..
So at this moment I’d like to call out the elephant in the room.
My theory is this: Facebook has become a cluster fuck.
Yep, an old fashioned, wet-hot-american-summer–cluster-fuck and I’m the janitor who has to clean up this orgy.
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.
*** 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 discussing 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.
If only there was a council in a city that had meetings where you could find solutions to modern issues.
If only there where parties of people with the same political beliefs that had local chapters one could be involved in.
If only Facebook could return to the time of sharing funny videos and having your family creep on your relationship status.
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.
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 other than complaining on Facebook – 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 and get reinforcement from like-minded people.
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?
So what’s my takeaway I want to leave you with?
My take away is this: instead of posting your political dogma on Facebook, get involved in the community and take action.
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.