I am in the minority. I do not have a Facebook account, never wanted one, and from what i’ve seen of posts on Sarah’s account, I am not impressed.
This might sound hypocritical because you may be reading this on the Wander Wheels site after finding us through Facebook. I will concede that by sheer numbers alone, Facebook is a great marketing platform at this time.
Putting all the banal items aside. The political season seems to have blown off thinking caps which have quickly been replaced by ass hats. So I offer the following:
Hey, You. Don’t Be A Dick. Four rules to observe before posting on Facebook.
Rule #1. Put away the flamethrower and quit dropping bombs. Yay for adult conversation! Your beliefs are your beliefs. Think about that the next time you try to shove them down someone else’s throat. It’s okay to not agree on both ends of an argument. Diversity of thought is great, embrace it, learn to listen, engage in respectful conversation instead of dropping absolutest bombs.
Rule #2. You are probably not an expert in political commentary. You are entitled to your own opinion (please let it be well rationed and not regurgitated from some media outlet) but that does not mean we need to read them as frequently as you believe we should. Unless your day job involves working in, with, or around politics, politicians, legislative reform, policy analysis or a think tank, stop typing.
Corollary to Rule #2. All media outlets are biased. Some require a shovel to find the pony underneath the pile. If you are adamant that your favorite source of information tells the truth all of the time, you better buy hip waders and a backhoe.
Rule #3. Observe the cliché. “Don’t assume. It makes an ASS out of you and me.” You probably know very little about another’s mindset or personal history. Maybe I really did walk uphill, in the snow, both ways to school. Maybe the after-school special was modeled on your life.
Rule #4. Companion to Rule #3. While striving not to assume, try not to comment on topics you don’t know jack about. Shut up and listen. It’s okay to modify your opinion after thinking and checking the facts.