The garbage. The amount of garbage clogging our Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds is upsetting. It’s upsetting because number one, it’s garbage.
Number two, it’s angry garbage.
Number three, it’s a bunch of stupid, uninformed, too-lazy-to-take-a-minute-and-read-a-reliable-source garbage.
Lastly, and worst of all, it’s not harmless. It’s mean, anger-filled, and posted with the intention to fuel the fire. Whether it be to fuel the fire of those on your side or those against you, it serves no other purpose but to fuel. To spark, to agitate, to expand the tension. If you are one of those garbage posters reading this right now and you’re saying “that is absolutely not why I post, I post because I care.” Yes, you care. You care about releasing your own anger and creating a dialogue anchored in negativity with no potential of being productive. We may as well be screaming at one another hearing nothing because we don’t want to hear anything.
Once you’ve stepped into anger, bias, and aggression, even if it is just with your words and on Facebook, it’s not about having a conversation or making progress, it’s just about you releasing what you want. This release will only give those against you, those who are smart and against you, more ammo and reason to think you’re foolish. This live feed of stupidity is not new, it’s only exaggerated now during this particularly hostile time between Israel and Palestine. And yes, maybe social media is the worst thing that’s happened to us and has brought out the annoying monster in us all, but that’s neither here nor there because it’s a chicken or the egg kind of question — does social media makes us assholes or is it just exposing the assholeness we already possessed?
Either way, garbage is garbage and assholes are assholes. And while I understand that much of what we say on social media is simply a snapshot of our emotions — something that when asked a day later “why did you post that? Do you really want us all to die?” the poster could respond with an “oh, I don’t know, I don’t even feel that way anymore I was just-” yes, you were just venting. Publically. To your entire network. Involving us all on a whim. Next time go to the gym. Or, if you’re not a gym enthusiast, take this quiz before you post. Think of it as a “DRUNK DIAL NO!” for weeding out what you shouldn’t post to Facebook. Just as you wouldn’t want your ex to see your belligerent text at 2 a.m., you’ll probably be happier that none of us ended up seeing your rageful, uninformed opinion soaring naked and proud through our social media universe.
1. Is this in anyway personal?
a. I’m posting to piss off another fellow facebooker, an ex lover, friend, family member, co-worker, etc. (+1)
b. This is how I feel right now and I want to get involved. (+2)
c. I agree with this fact that I know, for a fact, is a fact, and I think others will benefit from hearing it. (+4)
d. I support this and want to share it. (+3)
2. Where and how did I form this opinion?
a. This is how my family and friends feel. (+2)
b. I’m with Biebs. (+1)
c. You read a bunch of reliable sources and formed your own opinion on the matter and this is your opinion that others will benefit from hearing. (+3)
3. But why?
a. Because I’m pissed. (+1)
b. Because I want to show those people that I hate how wrong they are. (+2)
c. I’m bored. (+3)
d. This is important for others to hear and know, and I’m the right person to deliver this information. (+4)
4. Compared to the Jay-Z/Solange debacle, how much do you really know about this issue?
a. Watched the clip repeatedly. Looks messed up but not really sure why everyone is so upset. (+2)
b. Watched it, researched it, blogged it, people liked it. (+3)
c. Retweeted it (+1)
d. I’m in the video… (+4)
If you’ve scored anything less than a 15, please log out of all your platforms and hit the gym. And if you did score a perfect, informed 16, well, good job-ish, but maybe still log out and hit the gym. Maybe.