I have political opinions. Sometimes I think that because I never post about them that people assume I don’t have them. I totally do, but I also don’t like to talk about them because I never feel like I’ve got enough information or the whole picture about a particular situation. The last thing I want is to be one of those people posting endless political ramblings without providing actual evidence or context for said ramblings. I especially don’t want to be a freaking cheerleader for one side, unlike most of what I see on Facebook, but maybe half of you are just Russian bots and that’s why it looks that way.
Oh jeez, I’m getting right back on the pretentious train right now aren’t I? Just gonna put me right up above you all again real quick. Oh well, I’ll just lean into it for now. When did we as internet users decided that engaging with those of differing opinions in a meaningful and thoughtful way wasn’t worth our time and that it’d be better to simply align ourselves as the side of morality while the other guys were heathen monsters out to oppress the masses and burn countries down to the ashes? That seems dramatic but that’s really the kind of nonsense I see posted. Do we not realize how outstandingly stupid you all sound when we spout stuff like that off? Some people are conservative in their thinking and some are liberal and as crazy as it sounds, there are good reasons to be either one of those. Crazier yet, I actually think that people on both sides want what is best for their respective countries, they just have different ideas of exactly that looks like and how to get there.
So maybe, just maybe we could all consider trying to understand each other instead of just flaming the ever living lights our of each other because they made a joke about Trudeau, Trump, etc.
I don’t know, maybe I need to do the smart thing and just delete stuff like Facebook so I don’t see this hot garbage every day, but then again Facebook is really the only consistent way for me to see what my whole family is up to so… gah I wish I could confirm you’re all Russian bots so I wouldn’t feel bad about deleting it all. I guess I have to keep it for now and yeah I’ve read about all the data that’s been compromised and Cambridge Analytica, etc. I had assumed all that data had already been taken and sold to the highest bidder so I’m upset, but not surprised.
Everything about a political discussion on Facebook is just purely toxic right now and I wanted to vent about how frustrating that is. Could you imagine a world where political discussion on Facebook was like…. good? Facebook has such a critical mass of users that if the discussion on it was good everything about the political landscape would be different. I don’t know, I’m just gonna go back to watching the West Wing, at least when the politics there are absurd I know it’s pretending.
Image from Teespring and Rogue Rocket.