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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Social Media and Politics

I'm straying from my comfort zone for this post but I feel this needs to be addressed. Actually, it should never have to be addressed. You'd think people would have a clue by now. Social media and politics, they just don't mix.

I'm sure it's been said thousands of time, but let me repeat it just once more. If you're an author, or any person who depends on the general public to buy your product, please don't get on a public forum like Facebook and spout off a bunch of political crap. Here's the thing. No matter what your political views are, no matter which way you swing, you're bound to piss off roughly half the people who see your message.

I have very strong political views. I keep abreast of what's going on in the political theater (and lately it's come down to that). I don't need or want to see posts from my "friends" that hit my buttons seven ways from Sunday. During the past several days, it's been especially bad for some reason. Maybe because we've had so much flirting with catastrophe during the past two weeks. If I want to know what's going on in the world of politics, I watch the news and I turn to my favorite political pundits, knowing they'll bring me up to speed. I go to Facebook to wind down, hopefully see a cute video or get a laugh from some comment. The last thing I want to see is a post from a friend that makes me not only question her intelligence, but also her sanity. It isn't funny, people. And please stop jumping on the latest, loudest bandwagon that shows up on the radar. Use your head. This is our future you're rolling the dice with.

End of rant. But let me end by saying that I came close to deleting a couple of people from my friends list today. I really didn't want to do that. Then I found that if you hover your mouse over the right hand side of their posts, you can "hide" them. Voila! Problem solved.


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