Spank

Spank's Corner

There are a ton of write-ups on blogs about how not to Facebook.  Oftentimes I find these amusing, and even nod my head in agreement.  However, today I wish to present a counterpoint for how you should actually feel free to use your Facebook however you want (with rare exception).

To begin, consider a simple breathing exercise with me.  I would like you to open your Facebook, take slow, calming breaths, and envision a world where people respect one another even as we disagree about certain issues or enjoy different things.

"You'll have to ignore Kevin, he's a hopeless idealist."

“You’ll have to ignore Kevin, he’s a hopeless idealist.”

Okay, wait… Did I just hear you mutter that I sound like a damn hippie? Perhaps I brushed too broad of a stroke in my enthusiasm for a Utopian social environment, huh?  My bad.  How about we just call it a happy accident and move on.

Pic 2 - happy little trees

People often complain about other’s posts on Facebook and when they do, they always do it on Facebook.

Pic 3 - FB complaint

At the risk of sounding like Alanis Morissette, that’s the definition of irony.

Pic 4 - Alanis Irony

The thing is, whatever someone posts will annoy someone somewhere.  Here are just a few examples:

1. Those who post nothing but positive messages:

Pic 4 - positive messages

2. Others who provide nothing to the landscape but blistering tirades, incoherent complaints or other forms of pesky negativity:

Pic 6 - rants

3. Everyone is friends with a highly edumacated [sic] grammar scholar:

Pic 7 - grammar

4. We must not forget those lovely gems who post quotes or “facts” without first verifying the source material:

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5. Who here is without a friend that goes to great lengths to make sure we never forget what they look like:

selfie

6. There are those who really want us to care about their workouts:

pic 11 - gym

7. And others who prefer to share their eat outs:

Pic 12 - food

8. Some of us came into this world clutching a soap-box:

Pic 8 - soapbox

It’s not effing soap, Brad… it’s IDEALS!

9. Oh, and with that we must not forget those hot topic issues that everyone fears:

Pic 9 - hot topic

No, not that Hot Topic… these:

Pic 10 - religion and politics

10. While others still prefer a passive approach to social media, just to keep us guessing:

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My illustrations are a small sampling of what each of us see on Facebook and all are “guilty” of some. Facebook is a network designed for individuals to share their passions, ideas and lives.  We are nothing if not a diverse community and this should be celebrated, not mocked or poo-poo’d. I often speak passionately about the things I care most about: those I love and care for, social issues of importance to me, and, well… Batman.

spank and batman

I also share certain aspects of my life, typically with humor and I hope authenticity. I enjoy the interaction with my friends, appreciate a great meme or snarky article, and sometimes engage in landmine filled discussions provided it is intelligently debated and doesn’t dip into bullying.  Other times I just quietly observe.

pic 10 - MJ popcorn

It would please me greatly to see a moratorium of Facebook policing because, in most instances, people are simply promoting what they love and care about, even if that contradicts your views or doesn’t interest you.

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GIFSec.com

Admittedly, we all have a certain threshold of tolerance, myself included, and I’m certain I have also reached that limit for some. But if we can figure out how to “agree to disagree agreeably” then, provided the statement is not full of vitriolic hate, does not infringe on another’s life, liberty and pursuit of happiness or marginalize an individual’s life or choices, we should be able to express our views, lives and passions, and get through the day without resorting to Number Two.

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If you cannot handle opposing views or pictures of cat memes, I have a solution!

unfriend

No one can’t ruin my social media experience and I sincerely hope no one can ruin yours, because a day without Facebook is, well… Twitter. #aintnobodygottimeforthat

pic 11 - fb v. twitter

Spank

6 thoughts on “How to do the Facebook

  1. Yay!!! You are my favorite too. And so many things remind me of you. Thankfully it’s mutual, or otherwise it would be weird. LOL

  2. There are a few things in life that are true, none more so than this: Whenever I see Bob Ross, the color purple (not the movie), cats, redheads, Ahnold or that Canadian from Firefly, I ALWAYS think of you. Oh, and Harry Potter… and books… and whenever I pose the question, “Who is one of my favorite human beings?” And other stuff. xo ~ Spank

  3. I love this so much!! And I thought I couldn’t possibly love you more than I already do, but then you post Bob Ross riding a purple unicorn and I know that was for ME!!!!! Oh, the feels!!!!

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