It’s Who We Are

I saw a comment on Facebook today that said “They should rename Facebook ‘Fight Club’ because all people do is argue about politics all the time,” and they thought that a brilliant enough comment to give it one of those handy-dandy colorful backgrounds which help to make Facebook more like Twitter and aren’t a good thing at all, but I can’t complain because I use them, too, being equally convinced that all my thoughts are brilliant ones and need to be brought to the attention of the world at large.

Likewise, I can understand the original posters lament about people arguing about politics all the time.  Lord knows, I spend probably 90% of my online time arguing about politics.

But, I know people who don’t.  I know people who post pictures of their children constantly, people who post very long photo albums after a trip, and are traveling almost all  the time, people who post pictures of cats, and dogs, people who love posting music videos, people who talk about the weather a lot but, at this juncture of history, that is a pretty important topic, and political, too.  I know people who post recipes, and they get a lot more comments than any of my political posts.  I know people who post poetry, and paintings, and people who plug their books, or their bands, or their knitted products.
It still is, no matter how they change the algorithms, pretty much what you make it.  And what your friends make it.  And what your family makes it. Sort of like real life.
So, when you say “People argue about politics all the time on Facebook,” what you’re saying is that many people argue about politics too much, period.
Which is probably true.

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