My last political post was wildly successful, in that, the reviews were very decisive. [1. “Don’t you have a job?” -Wanda, Oroville, Ca.
“You seem to have no grasp, whatsover, on American politics.” -Ed, Ogden, Ut.
“We are still interested in talking to you, Mr. Nelson.” -Jack, at Debt Collectors, Inc.] So it prompted me to delve into the subject, again. It also didn’t hurt that Google Adsense deposited a hefty sum [2. Hint: There were a lot of zeros before the decimal mark, so I pretty much made bank.] into my Zion’s Bank account. Anyway, let’s get started.
It seems that, the closer we get to an election, the more intense and heated the debates become. However, the benefit to these heated debates occurring on Facebook are manyfold.
For instance, if you’ve ever tried to research candidates on your own, you’ve probably noticed the same thing that I have- it sucks. You start out, exactly the way that your High School education taught you- you go down to the city library and ask to use the microfiche reader. But all you can find are articles on John Beluschi’s death and the advent of the Commodore 64 (what Yours Truly types these littles gems out on). Finally, you find yourself at the Salvation Army, surrounded by Encyclopedia Britannicas and underneath a Tombstone Epitaph. The closest you can get to becoming a more informed citizen is [3. If a sentence doesn’t finish itself within a half an hour, it wasn’t meant to be.]
But, getting back to what I was saying when I was placing weird words into this post on a bet…The benefits to these heated debates occurring on Facebook are manyfold. In fact they are so manyfold [4. And that’s 3!], that they should be discussed in the laziest fashion, possible- listed:
1. Strength in numbers: With many news outlets, such as “reputable” newspapers, or The Horse’s Mouth, the problem you have is that you are dealing with one source. On Facebook, once a political post has been shared over and over and over, you are assured that thousands of sources agree on the information contained in the post [5. “Obama, as a newborn, was prone to planning the demise of the United States. And he’s a lamprey liver. Share if you agree!”] Sometimes the sources are so reliable and plentiful that you might see the same, exact post, up to twenty times a day!
2. Reliable citations: When a debate breaks out on Facebook, you have the benefit of source citations. For instance: “THE FEDRAL RESURF WANTS TO TCK A WAY OWER GUNS AND RITES TO A FARE TRIAL SAMPLE OF CONDITIONER. PASS THIS POST ON IN 30 SECONDS OR LES, OR YOU WILL DIE ORATLEAST THAS WHUT MY NCKLE BOBY SEZ!!!” While this poster’s spelling isn’t exactly “Harvard-friendly”, if you know what I mean, at least it’s backed up by a close relative. Now- imagine the Power of Information, through Facebook, when it’s passed on by this poster’s entire family tree!
3. Up-to-date information: Traditional media sources are incomplete, in that, a single news reporter can only receive up-to-date information, as often as every five minutes. Now imagine that same news reporter, breaking in on your episode of “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”, every 10-30 seconds, with all manner of updates from friends, relatives, and celebrities! What we are talking about here, folks, is information as it happens, pretty much.
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: Emery- “Hey! Who put all o…”
Reporter: “We interrupt this very important reality tv episode of ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers’, to let you know that Mitt Romney’s horse was attacked by an Obama-loving picket line, just this morning, in Manchester, New York. We know now that sugar cubes were involved. We return you to your regularly scheduled episode of ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers…'”
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: Emery- “f these rocking chairs in my l…”
Reporter: “We interrupt this very important reality tv episode of ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers’, to let you know that we mischaracterized the line that attacked Mitt Romney’s horse. We, earlier, identified the line as a picket line, when, in fact, it was actually a line forming for the new iPhone 5, which should be released in approximately years. But they were violent and we were right about the sugar cubes…We now return you to your regularly scheduled episode of ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers…'”
Betty White’s Off Their Rockers: Emery- “iving room!!! And why is Betty not in any of th…”
Reporter: “We interrupt this very important reality tv episode of ‘Betty White’s Off Their Rockers’, to inform you that your uncle ‘likes’ kittens, and that “THE FEDRAL RESURF WANTS TO TCK A WAY OWER GUNS AND RITES…”