I have tried to make sense out of Facebook for quite a while. Several times I have suspended my account to see if anything would change over time.
The only thing that seems to change is the regularity with which Americans expose their fears of their Muslim presidential dictator. The “birther” posts have stopped but now he is being attacked for his attempts to impose gun controls – even his recent blessings bestowed upon Monsanto have received adverse comments. The rest of the world seems more inclined to prevent Monsanto getting a foot-hold in their country. India is seeing massive suicides within the farming community because of the depredations of this monstrous organisation.
Religious posts by self promoting Christians are still among the most popular fare on the whole site. I have never understood how a true Christian can openly boast that he/she is more Christian than you are. It is especially confusing for me that these “better” Christians don’t even pay lip service to the second commandment. The blatant, attempted blackmail by Facebook Christians to enforce “sharing” and “liking” of their posts is simply too ironic.
Humour is another mainstay of Facebook and I must admit that this keeps me coming back for more. Even more entertaining are the posts of music that I would not normally seek out. I have been introduced to some fabulous Russian choirs and Greek vocalists and I am given regular reminders of the past as people posts songs that were great in their day but seem to have been forgotten.
Occasionally I do see some interesting conversations and have joined in my fair share but my desire for real, grown up discussions is often frustrated by the inability of too many people to support their beliefs with reasoned arguments.
There seems to be a much greater incidence of personal attacks, especially with the use of the illiterate’s favourite weapon – foul language. This is an aspect of social sites that seems to be growing as western governments continue to dumb down their educational programmes.
Facebook could be so great but there is now a corporate attitude that says “if it will make money – it is aceptable in our pages” and an almost oficial promotion of members holding multiple accounts. The number of petitions being launched to try to get Facebook to behave responsibly is a huge indictment of the corporate identity.
It is still an interesting, sometimes infuriating site to visit but I don’t think corporate Facebook has yet decided whether ethics is part of the mission.