Facebook Rantings- Part 2

 

Sorry for the lack of updates, but I’ve been studying rather hard for my end-of-semester tests. I’ve still got two to go, but they’re only Marketing and Philosophy, so study isn’t strictly necessary (or so I tell myself). But there’s something that has come to my attention thanks to the new Facebook. It’s the fact that these groups seem to be popping up which, seemingly devoted to a worthy cause, are doing so in an aggressive, totally unprovoked manner. And if you think this is boring, THEN SHUT THE HELL UP AND READ OR I’LL COME SHOOT YOU.

But all jokes aside (relax- it was actually a joke!), I have had it with these groups. Example: I recently got “invited” (because I’m that special) to a group standing for the allowance and recognition of gay marriage. Being a non-bigoted kind of guy, I have no problems with issues like these, as they are merely indicative of modern society’s transgression towards a more welcoming stance. I, however, decided not to accept the invite, purely because of the group’s title: “Against Gay Marriage? Then Don’t Get One and Shut The Fuck Up”. I know that whoever created this group and/or joined it believes in gay marriage, and that the right to it shouldn’t be impeded by a bunch of backwards-thinking rednecks, but doesn’t having a title like this just scream of hypocrisy? It’s basically saying that if people don’t support gay marriage, then they have no right nor reason to say as much- which is exactly the kind of narrow-mindedness that caused this whole kerfuffle in the first place!

Another group I have seen is called “The Letter H is pronounced ‘aitch’ not ‘haitch’ you illiterate fuck head”. Again with the swearing! Just because people pronounce a letter a certain way doesn’t make them illiterate- I say it as ‘haitch’, and I think writing a blog is evidence enough of my literateness (though I do tend to make up words to suit my needs). And how does pronouncing a word incorrectly make you illiterate? Just because both involve words does not mean they are correlative; paintball and painting both use the same thing, but you wouldn’t brand Michelangelo as a terrible artist if you found out he possessed a truly horrendous shot.

So Facebook users, please calm down. Your beliefs are important, but forcing them on others with the zealousness of the 15th century Catholic Church is just rude.

Another note: Why is Harry Potter so popular? Half the Facebook groups revolve around it, everything on MLIA is tangential to him, yet I haven’t discussed the series with anyone in depth since the last book came out. Is there a burgeoning sub-culture of die-hard Potterites out there, or is it just a guilty pleasure?

One more note: Facebook does have one redeeming feature (well, apart from the connecting to others and ease of planning events): the hack. In case you are illiterate, this is where someone, often after saying something inflammatory, is mercilessly torn to shreds by another individual/group of people. When it happens, it is a thing of rare beauty; to see it unfold in real time is akin to watching a masterpiece be painted. And yes, this is very sad.

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10 responses to “Facebook Rantings- Part 2

  1. I think the reason there is such a problem with groups is that anyone can create one. It should be run through some sort of voting slash filtering system. Such as that of FML. Or presidential speeches.

    Also, loving the reference to 15th century roman catholic church (not that a lot has changed)

  2. As you know I’m against Facebook groups in general. Something like “Gosford High ’08” is fair enough, but I don’t see why my newsfeed should be cluttered by “6 of your friends joined ‘I’ve only ever seen one episode of CSI, and although I probably won’t ever watch it again, I’ll never say never”. A lot of these groups really should just stick to being passing comments in conversation. Comments usually followed by someone saying “Shut up, Brucy” (sorry Brucy).

    But yeah, I’ve also noticed the groups are getting gradually more aggressive. I suppose they have to do something to stand out from the 600 billion Facebook groups there are in the world (that’s right, 100 for each person). And I guess it’s worked in its way. If I wasn’t also invited, my brain would probably have barely registered this particular group if it wasn’t for the obvious anger. Just you watch, soon they’ll be insulting our mothers.

  3. I agree with the Aitch/Haitch one. Sure, technically its aitch, but really, if enough people say haitch, shouldn’t it be accepted as an alternative pronunciation? In the end they both serve the same purpose, and its not like there’s any ambiguity in saying one over the other. So in conclusion, those people should chill out 🙂

  4. firstly, you weren’t “special”; i invited everyone on my friend’s list to that group. secondly, the aggressiveness is completely warranted for that title/issue! would it be as effective if it was called “against gay marriage? then don’t get one and shut up”? it’s not about saying if you’re against it then you can’t say anything about it – it’s about saying that gay marriage is only going to effect you if you get one, so if you don’t agree, don’t get one!

    • I just think it would be more effective if it were titled something like “People for the legalisation of gay marriage”. It should take the high ground, and doesn’t need to be abusive towards those who believe that marriage is only between a man and a woman; by doing so, it degenerates a cause well worth supporting.

    • i have no problem with gay marriage. gay couples should have every right that straight couples have.

      except the right to adopt children. that’s the only reason i didn’t join.

      and ask my brother, he’ll probably agree with me.

  5. Nice post man. I agree completely with you on the “Against Gay Marriage?” group which I was also invited to and declined for the same reason of it promoting a narrow dialogue.

    It’s fair to say that some gay marriage campaigners would have cause to be angry and pushed to such a reaction (e.g. the recent repealment of a law which would have allowed gay marriage in Maine) but those who recognise the inevitability of social progress would prefer supporters help speed it up by consistently engaging in level-headed discussion rather than blatent provocation.

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