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  • Should Facebook and politics mix?

       February 16, 2011

    So thanks to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's budget repair proposal my Facebook feed is filled with hyperbolic political posts and preaching. It's pretty much unbearable and I'm so tempted to deactivate my account until it stops.

    Facebook is never more obnoxious than when its users get involved in politics. To my mind, if you want to spout off on political issues, you should get a blog, write a letter to an editor, post on a page dedicated to the issue you want to talk about or scream and yell at a protest in person.

    What you shouldn't do is broadcast your opinions on a social network. Social media is just that, social. The idea is that you're having back and forth conversations, not preaching. I've always heard that it's not good form to discuss politics and religion in social settings. I imagine this is because you are likely to offend and antagonize someone, and that's a bad thing.

    I also imagine it's because preaching in a social situation is incredibly selfish. When you meet someone at a party, for example, you might ask them a question and react to their response. You wouldn't walk up to someone and immediately state your controversial political opinion, would you?

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course, but at the same time everyone needs to learn when to shut up about it. It's part of being a grown up, even on Facebook.

    In the meantime, thank God for the "hide" option.

    Posted by kris at February 16, 2011 02:41 PM

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    #  February 17th, 2011 7:33 AM      james
    smart people still use facebook?  
    #  February 17th, 2011 8:40 AM      kris
    apparently not  
    #  February 21st, 2011 10:19 AM      kris
    As my friend Shel said "Wisconsin politics are the new Farmville"  



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