There’s a global group on Facebook called 1,000,000 AGAINST THE NEW FACEBOOK LAYOUT! It began life simply enough; a group for those who weren’t happy with having the new Facebook layout imposed upon them. And it grew quickly. There are currently about one and a half million members.
And the problem with having so many members in one group? They banter with each other. And the banter becomes aggressive. And the aggressiveness becomes racist/vulgar/downright nasty. Some people try to lighten the atmosphere with quirky discussion threads … I hate Dora the Explorer! or with recipes for cake. But others deliberately set out to cause offence and/or arguments.
Through it all we discover that people around the world are ignorant. Nobody has an original statement to make. And despite technology none of us really ‘get’ other countries.
If it wasn’t for American’s you wouldn’t even have Facebook! squeals one girl, whilst another chirps in with, You would all be speaking German if it wasn’t for us!
Arguments abound over the state of British teeth, the criminal ancestry of Australian folk, and who spells colour (color) correctly. Don’t you mean ass? quips someone. No, damn you! He meant arse. He’s English and he’s not talking about an mammal related to the horse!
Don’t you know that in some Asian countries they eat dogs and cats? Yes, and babies too! (it must be true; I read it on the Internet.) Pffft.
It’s quite laughable. The majority of folk had the same purpose for joining the group, yet somehow the group itself has created divisions where there were no divisions to be created. I do genuinely believe that, despite the media and technology, we are as much at odds with each other as we have ever been (possibly even more).
Perhaps if the whole world shares in the consumption of a Chill Pill, we can start to live gaily again.
Now, what do I do about the (sometimes) bully from school who has sent me a Friend Request (and probably only remembers me [if at all] as the girl who looked after his cigarettes going through customs on the way home from France, aged thirteen [because he was too much of a cowardly custard])?
please God bless those Facebookers who insist on causing global chaos xxx Elsabeth