“Liking” the Facebook causes

Like this if you believe in Jesus. If you support wounded soldiers, like this page, if you don’t, scroll on. Or, another one of my favorites, “let’s see how many people actually read my posts…”

When I worked in the commander’s office back at Pope AFB, there was a day when you were authorized to wear this ribbon on your uniform. I think it was the “Dare to keep kids off drugs” ribbon.  You didn’t have to pay for it or anything, it was just awareness or something. A young lady in our office was handing them out, and told her I didn’t want one. She was astounded, you know, saying something like “don’t you care?”

I told her yes, I cared, but I didn’t see what wearing a ribbon mattered, and additionally, I, like the rest of them, wasn’t going to actually do anything. So wearing a ribbon, to me, was kind of like mental masturbation. I’d not going to actually do anything, but if I wear this ribbon, I can tell myself I care, and that feels like doing something. Then I can go home to the couch, eat Doritos, do nothing, but feel better about it. I told her I’d rather just admit I’m not going to do anything rather than wear a ribbon to salve my consciousness.

So, I feel the same way about “Like this if you care…”  I can like something about cancer survivors, not actually do anything, but somehow feel better about myself. Well, not me. I’d rather just hang on to the slim ribbon of honesty and admit I’m not going to do anything.  But, I’m also tickled that these things work their way into social media, old things finding new ways.

About whatshupp

I'm a project manager engaged with social media, technology, energy efficiency. A retired member of the United States Air Force, I've become a bit of a distance runner.
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1 Response to “Liking” the Facebook causes

  1. fmlinardo says:

    I take Frank’s stance on all that stuff: “I can’t like that.”

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