Image: El Scorpion Niteclub in Wilmington. The top hits on Google for this business are a generic Facebook location page, a shooting, a stabbing, and a Zumba class announcement. It’s rare to find a business with such a small, odd Internet footprint.
My Facebook sabbatical has been five days long now. I hate the idea of having to give up seeing my friend’s life events, so I keep logging back in to see who is doing what and to make comments that are maybe only funny to me. I still catch the occasional stray insult flying across the ether and I either unfollow or just log out if it’s someone I enjoy interacting with a lot. They’re never really directed at me personally (I’ve already unfriended and blocked those folks) but you know, when everyone that voted or thinks a certain way is grouped together and summarily insulted, it’s hard to not take the indirect hits personally.
I imagine some people feel the same about my thoughts so I’m continuing to try to sort this all out. I don’t have a solution yet. As of now facebook doesn’t have an automatic filter for when we’re being a-holes online. I’d pay extra for that little bit of AI.
In the words of the great philosopher, Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?”