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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Facebook Festivus


So, my fantasy team lost. And it quite dramatic and excruciating fashion, too. Which has me more than just a tiny bit bitter. Which is probably why I chose today to do an early celebration of Festivus. With the most important event of that sacred holiday being "the airing of grievances". And while I try to keep my focus in this Interweb space on sports, there's one problem I'm having with you people that I just can't keep under wraps. You might find what I say a tad bit insensitive, but don't worry. It'll be brief...

The school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, was a tragic and deeply saddening event. Fairly obvious statement, right? And I feel truly sorry for anyone and everyone involved. Another fairly standard script, right? OK, well if we can agree that those are the reactions of a normal person with some decently aligned priorities, then what's with need to shout it from the rooftops on every social network you can find?! Oh, that's right. So you can look sympathetic and compassionate to all of your "friends"...

Here's the thing. If social network every post supporting the people of Newtown came attached with a certification that you had just donated money to their cause. I'd have no problem. And if your anti-gun rant came equipped with a petition to sign for me to ban the use of all firearms? I'd have no problem. But no. These are people just spouting off, trying to act concerned, and then just moving on to the next tragedy that comes across the news wire. And why do they want to act concerned? Because it's cool! Yeah, because apparently Facebook has put us all right back in middle school again...

It's selfishness, pure and simple. And when your unnecessary selfishness is riding on the backs of a bunch of murdered children? Well, I don't think I should have to tell you that behavior such as that puts you right up there on my list of "worst types of people". I get it, you care. But if you don't care enough to really do anything, then what the Hell? Doesn't that more or less make you a fraud? "Oh yeah, I care. Until I actually have to move". And it's cool, you don't have to care. But if you do, my experience tells me that "caring" about something such as this is gonna more than a 1-2 week enterprise. And this story only has 2-3 more days. You know, with the end of the world coming and all. At least that will be the story to boot it from the headlines...

Sorry for the rant, friends. But in the spirit of Festivus, I just had to get that off my chest. Next time we chat, I'll be sure to "stick to sports". Because, I know if you really wanted to read a friend's political views, you'd head to Facebook...

Be good...

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6 comments:

JLee said...

I get the point... but to say peoples gut reactions to this tragedy was just a conscious effort to "be cool" is too broad of a generalization...

Brett Ferruccio said...

Gut reactions are one thing. I'm just tired of people being lauded and praised for a whole lot of talk and ZERO action.

JLee said...

we obviously dont run in the same circles... who exactly is patting themselves on the back?

Brett Ferruccio said...

Too many to count, my brotha. Consider yourself lucky. Maybe I'll have to wander into your circles for a while...

JLee said...

its a circle of one... Praise Shiva

Brett Ferruccio said...

#PREACH

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