A Little Something I Wrote on Facebook Earlier Today
On my private account (i.e., the one I use for people I actually know in real life), not my public page:
The closer we get to the election the more I am reminded just how incredibly awful Facebook is for communicating complex and in-depth political thought, and yet how perfect it is for reducing the political thoughts one has to the level of hollering for one’s favorite sports teams.
I would never tell anyone not to express a political opinion, here or elsewhere; I might ask you, however, to consider whether the opinion you’re expressing here is functionality equivalent to waving a pom-pom, and how much pom-pom waving is actually necessary for you to do, or for me to see.
I made a decision when I made this personal account to keep it politics free, because I find Facebook woefully inadequate as a vehicle for either deep thought or useful discussion, and besides I have a blog for that stuff. I also avoid getting into political discussions here for the same reason. It makes my time on Facebook much less stressful.
This is a personal choice, and I neither expect or desire for anyone to use Facebook just like I do, unless they have come to the same conclusions as I have. That said, if the large majority of political pom-pom waving disappeared from my Facebook thread tomorrow, replaced by pictures of friends, updates on their lives, and witty comments about everything but politics, well, let’s just say I would not be upset in the slightest.
It’s entirely true that on Facebook I avoid talking politics, not only because it is (as noted) just a horribly bad medium for it, but also because most of the people who are on that private facebook account are people who I have known for years, including family and friends going back all the way to elementary school. The idea of arguing politics with most of those good folks just makes me feel tired, very much like one feels tired when your uncle, after glass four of wine, starts talking conspiracy theories at Thanksgiving. It’s, like, hey, Uncle Ed, we love you, but could you just shut the hell up on the subject for six friggin’ hours, would ya? And then we can all have pie in peace for once.
When I’m on Facebook, I want to see pictures of my friends’ kids and their pets and hear how their day went. Facebook is really good with that. When I want to talk politics, this is where I do it. Because this place is really good for that.
Twitter I just use to be a goofball. This is not news, I suppose.