My wife tells me, “You need to blog this.”
So, I’m blogging it.
Facebook Moronic Behavior
There is some moronic behavior on Facebook, and what concerns me the most is that it is sucking in some good people. Smart, intelligent people are falling for it every day. It’s to the point where I ignore most of what I see on Facebook.
Here’s how it works…
Someone sees a headline.
This is when the lunacy begins. Without going to the applicable source of the news, they start sharing the article. Next is a feeding frenzy. People commenting about how stupid it is and get all irate. The truth of the matter doesn’t even resemble the headline, yet lots of people get their undies in a bunch without checking things out.
Here’s a good example
A politician (you can google it if you want) says the Democratic Party brought us the KKK.
They did. You can read a summary of the Klan’s history on Wikipedia. Why is this so scandalous? It’s a simple statement of history.
But, no. Unwitted people have to start posting and sharing it like as though by doing so it will change history. They think they can argue and history will change.
Then there are those who think they are so clever by jumping in to the fray and arguing that the Republicans back in the 1800s were Democrats, and the Democrats today are actually Republicans.
Again, moronic behavior. This soon degrades in to insults. Oh, they won’t admit it is an insult, but when you bring it down to a personal level, it’s an insult.
Dude, it’s history. Live with it. Stop making excuses for it.
Other examples include impossible feats. I’ve shared some of these in the past. My favorite example is the guy who claims he heats his place with a single candle covered by a clay flowerpot.
Have you ever sat in a cold room with a candle burning? Did that candle heat the entire room?
Gee whiz… think people. A single candle doesn’t heat a room, epsom salt and vinegar doesn’t work as an herbicide, onions don’t cause food poisoning and zero calorie drinks can’t make you fat.
Burned Once or Twice
I’ve even been burned once or twice. One was a video clip of Obama saying something. It really made him sound stupid. I bought in to the frenzy and shared the video.
It wasn’t until someone else shared the ENTIRE speech that I realized I’d been duped. When listing to the entire speech you realized the short version left off a negation before the comment, thus making it sould 180 degrees out of context.
My Favorite Peeve
My favorite peeve is the person that shares a story where the headline reads to the effect, “Congress Passes Law… ”
Do you know how easy it is too look up what Congress does? You go to congress.gov and you LOOK.
One such posted listed the H.R. Bill. H.R. Bills are assigned a number. You go to congress.gov and you search for HR followed by the number. It will take you right to the bill. You then read it.
I remember one from years ago that said Congress voted to make it illegal to store food at home. It gave the bill number. I went to congress.gov and read the bill. There wasn’t a single mention of storing food. None. In fact, it wasn’t even remotely connected.
A Call To Action
I’m issuing a call to action. You need to go to the source before sharing anything on social media. Of course, if it is your own personal information (which is what I’d like to see… I enjoy seeing pictures of your family and notes about what you’re doing), then you’re the source. But if it is about Trump, Pelosi, Brad Pitt, the local school district, or any other gossip, go find the source’s statement. If you can’t find it, don’t repeat it. This guy is sick of it.
I’m going back to my photography.