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Who needs zombies?

As I peruse the contents of many social sites, it is becoming more obvious that originality and genuine opinions are notable only by their absence.

It is virtually impossible to find posts that are either original or the product of the mind of the people posting them. It is not possible to include videos as “original” because they are invariably posted all over the internet. The idea of an original post seems to have been lost with the passage of time. Nowadays everything seems to be copied and pasted from another blog (like this will be posted to Facebook, for example) and it is very rare that the blog is actually composed by the person authoring it (unlike this one).

When it comes to comments the position is far worse. Most comments do not actually refer to the O.P. but tend to either produce a desire in the responder to try to sound clever by using a cookie cutter phrase or a demonstration of the social awareness of the commenter as he/she leaps to the defence of someone they do not really know for a slight that is neither real nor demonstrable. It is unbelievable how many people “take offence” on behalf of others even if they had not done so.

There seems to be a competition out there to discover who can demonstrate the most angst.

Maybe we should return to the days when simply “sharing” a post was seen as a special tribute to the author rather than as an easy way to fill your own page. (This is never likely to happen since the habit is now well ingrained and people who post original ideas are invariably attacked by trolls who find words of more than two sylables a challenge too far.)

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