Thursday, February 9, 2012

Someone save me from Facebook is like a train wreck I can't tear my eyes away from. I wonder why I don't ditch it- other than my incapacitating fear that I'll have no idea what is going on in the world.

With all the sensational news in the last couple of weeks (Komen and Planned Parenthood, the HHS mandate, etc.), there's been an excessive amount of political posturing on Facebook. I know people say things on the internet they'd never say to your face. I also know my response to things people say on the internet is totally immoderate. I think it's the way that the internet, and specifically Facebook, distances you from the actual person. I know good and well which of my friends support Planned Parenthood, or think that Catholic institutions ought to provide health insurance that covers contraceptives and sterilizations. But in the real world, these people are my friends. They're real people whose company I enjoy, who I have fun with. But on Facebook, when someone posts something that you disagree with or offends you, they become the enemy, at least on an emotional level.

Then there's the people whose opinions on these topics I might come closer to agreeing with, but their inability to communicate in a way that reflects intelligence and careful consideration drives me insane. Note: Misspellings and excessive use of exclamation points do not convince the world of the truth of your point.

Oh Facebook. I love you, I hate you.