Sometimes, a grand title is what you really need.
The other day, a friend of my wife’s shared a link on Facebook to one of these joke images. It was about children singing a song, and had different text for different problems; autism, dyslexia, ADHD etc. In short, both my wife and I found it neither funny nor in good taste.
I have a son with autism, but that was not the reason. The words were just offensive, they were not making fun at the problem, but rather the people with it, and for me, there is a big difference there.
When my wife read this, she left a comment saying that she didn’t find it very funny. This then sparked a rather intense round of comments from said friend, and then her husband who was outraged that his wife was being attacked on Facebook. Suddenly, a string of others arrived, proclaiming how funny they thought it, advocating freedom of choice, and personal opinions.
However, it would seem that is only if you agree with the post.
This got me thinking about Facebook as a whole. You have the Like button, this can be used to show appreciation of a post, but when it comes to comments, I am strongly starting to believe that people think these can only be used to praise posts. Which is wrong!
I see a lot of people, and hear a lot of people around me talking about how people leave comments saying they disagree with a certain post, or status etc. The dangers of a real conversation sparking up seem to be a genuine threat to these people. Perhaps Facebook should introduce a few new icons to their arsenal, to show people that life isn’t always about agreeing with one another, and that friendships and relationships can be strengthened and even formed via disagreements and differences of opinion.
I am lucky, I am part of a wonderful community on Facebook, filled with writers and other artists. The support is unwavering and genuine conversations on topics not only allowed, but encouraged. But what about the every-day users. Those looking to play games, chat with old classmates and relatives etc.
I guess my question is, is Facebook in danger of becoming like too much of the real world already. Filled with people saying nice things to one another and smiling, agreeing with everything being said around them for the sake of convenience and avoiding any form of confrontation or discussion? I hope not, as someone who rather enjoys rocking the boat from time to time, I firmly believe in the power of a good discussion, in all walks of life.
What about you?