Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN


June 20, 2013

The face of Facebook is changing


And I wonder once again why these big-time institutions didn’t just come to me first. I could have told them this stuff for half the money and in far less time.

Or, they could have spoken to Paul Friedman, a 59-year-old dentist in New York City, who told Philly.com, “Ninety-nine percent of it (Facebook) is a waste of time anyway. If it wasn’t for the 1 percent, I’d close my account.”

You want examples, I have examples. Here are a few of the millions out there that people somehow think all their “friends” want to know about. I made no grammar or spelling corrections:

“So if you an unmarked police car late is trying to stop you late at night or in an isolated area drive to a gas station or store with activity and call 911 and don’t stop until there are marked cars with you. My previous post did not pass the snopes test.”

“I’m just about ready to go off grid and just talk to bees and trees.”

“Name a country without the letter A in the name – bet you can’t.” (To which I thought, “you mean, like Mexico?”)

“Awake for 32 hours, then asleep for 17 … hello jet lag.”

“I’m in a ‘legal’ state, but because of a bad head cold, I’m not smoking tonight.”

And so on. Most Facebook posts range from boring to insufferably self-absorbed to creepy or nasty. In what little time I spend on my news feed, I’m amazed at the number of my alleged “friends” who think anybody with a brain simply must agree with them on major political issues that divide the electorate — the environment, the president, abortion, gay marriage, war, immigration, Fox News, MSNBC — whatever. Their posts, for the most part, are bumper-sticker talking points generated by their “team.” And, if you disagree, you are worthy only of ridicule, not a respectful hearing.

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