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.