‘Piling On’ (2018)

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Far Left Crazy–that is to say, Democrats–demand instant and total agreement and submission; and if you don’t give them what they want, you’d better duck because an explosion is coming.

Piling On!

Here’s someone whose only offense was to type “Who cares?” onto her Facebook page–her own page, by the way. And the roof fell in! Leftids swarmed to attack her. She never expected it and was completely taken aback.

They know they can’t get you to agree with their bullschiff, so they try to intimidate you into silence.

I say just delete their comments, list the senders as Spam, and never, never, never give in to them. We’ve had them here. They make a mess, so you clean it up. Listing them as Spam keeps out the repeat offenders.

Remember this–there are nowhere near as many of them as there are of us; and if we refuse to be deceived, then what do they have? Not much!

14 comments on “‘Piling On’ (2018)

  1. I’ve seen this phenomenon before. In tightly knit social situations, with everyone lining up to express their disdain when someone steps out of line, even slightly. It’s sort of a group-think, mob hysteria that can take root when people have their noses in everybody’s business. Social media has created this situation, where even the most tenuous of bonds are artificially reinforced because of this means of communication, which has only existed in recent history.

    When Facebook first started, I was invited to join by a fellow I know that lives at lest 1,700 miles away. I joined and we became Facebook “friends”, which made sense, because we are real-life friends. Then I got a friend request from his wife, then his son, then his son’s girlfriend, then the parents of his son’s girlfriend. Give me a break! My friendship with one person, fueled by a common interest, had leapt pretty far in no time. I’m sure than they were nice people, but the parents of the girlfriend of the son of a friend of mine doesn’t constitute much of a basis for friendship. It’s unlikely that I’ll ever even meet these people, so why should anyone care if they “like” something I post on Facebook.

    Over the years, I have noted the ephemeral nature of online friendships. Friendship requires a common bond. King David had a famous friendship with Jonathon, the son of Saul. Their bond was their common love of Yahweh, whom they worshipped and appreciated. That was a solid basis for a friendship, and the fact that we are aware of this friendship 3,000 years later bears testimony to that fact. I have the impression that if David and Jonathon were resurrected into our modern world, they’d be sitting at a small table in some remote coffee shop, talking quietly, face to face, and wouldn’t dream of being Facebook “friends”.

    My take on Facebook, as a tool for social interaction is that it keeps people separate, because it does not encourage in-person communication. Today is a sorely earned day off from work, coming on the heels of two huge projects that saw me working 6 days a week, 12 or more hours per day, and mostly working alone. If I could do anything today, it would be to share a meal with a friend or relative, but that’s quite unlikely, because most of the people in my life are not nearby, and the ones that are nearby are busy working.

    This is the world in which we live, where people are very busy, and very unlikely to have much time for face-to-face interaction. Undoubtedly, this is a factor in the rise of social media. However, I’m not convinced that this helping matters, and instead, I suggest that it is adding fuel to the fire. The quality of interaction on social media pales in comparison with that of in-person communication.

    Beyond that, I find it a bit childish to have to declare “friendships” and to like or dislike comments. I already endured enough of that nonsense in grade school. I have only a handful of in-person friends, and I like it that way. It makes life simple.

    I categorize my friendships, according to common interests. I have music friends, which is based upon that shared interest. I have techie friends, based upon an interest in data communications systems. I have Christian friends; most of my music friends and techie friends are also Christian. But I value all of my friendships upon their own merits. Music friends tend more towards Bohemian behavior, but the basis of these friendships is mostly music, so we may differ on other values.

    I don’t have to “like” or “dislike” their politics, because our friendship doesn’t depend upon shared political sentiments. But social media would all but force that upon me. While social media brings together all the friends in your life, I see value in keeping techie friends and music friends from ever meeting. Some may share common interests in other areas, but I can tell you that highly focused musicians and highly focused techies usually mix poorly.

    Even among techies, Linux guys and Windows guys might clash. My specialty of Networking doesn’t interest most developers and is of only passing interest to server people. Some of the techies might be quite opposed to Christianity. The point is, sometimes it pays to keep your friends apart from one another and not to assume that one set of shared interests doesn’t equate to multiple shared interests.

    Ultimately, I believe that social media will founder. It may remain popular with youth, but I believe that in time, adults will tire of the constant distraction of “friend requests” and notifications of trivial, everyday events.

    1. I consider regular readers of this blog–you know who they are–to be my friends. We’ll probably never meet face-to-face, but I would be desolated if I lost them. We live too far apart to get together on the old back porch (which you know I would love to do!), so we have to settle for our best–made possible by the same technology that’s simultaneously undermining personal relationships. It gets confusing.

      I’ve got a zillion Facebook “friends” but I give that no thought. I only use Facebook to try to attract people to my blog and my books.

    2. This blog is a far cry from Facebook. I agree, I care about the people I’ve met here and I don’t feel under pressure here. Facebook is far less respectful of individual’s right to privacy or to hold individual opinions than a blog.

  2. You are quite correct, Unknowable. I am sick of it already, and off for the most part. I check it occasionally to see if one of my grandkids has posted pictures of my great grandkids that I want to save. That’s about all.

    1. While I see a lot of potential value in online communication, I am disappointed by the direction it has taken. People have put their business out on the web with no regard for privacy.

      People have posted their vacation plans on Facebook, without stopping to think that they just told any number of criminals when their home would be empty and unguarded. They returned from their trip to a very unpleasant surprise.

      People have boasted of breaking the law in Facebook posts, and then been surprised that they were arrested and charged with a crime. This points up a very real problem. Some people seem to have the impression that social media is somehow not part of the real world, but they are dead wrong.

      We live in a fallen world, and it’s no surprise that people want to escape the fallen state of this world. People try to escape in many ways, and it seems that new developments are, at times, thought of as being exempt from the realities of life in a fallen world. Criminals prowl social media. Persons whom prey on children prowl social media. If you are a decent, law abiding person, don’t put personal information on social media. If you want to protect your children from sexual predators, limit the information you post about them on social media.

      Security starts with being careful not to release information which could be used in a negative way. You don’t want to advertise your possessions, online. You don’t want to announce times that your home will be unattended, online. If you are in network security, which describes a big part of my job, you don’t go online and post the details of how your network is secured. And, most importantly, if you meet someone online, don’t assume that they are who they claim to be. If someone begins probing, they might be a criminal trying to find vulnerabilities they can exploit to criminal ends.

      Social media is a perfect conduit for bad actors to use to gain private information. I avoid it.

    2. How many budding criminal geniuses get busted because they bragged online? But my friend the homicide detective says they always brag, that’s how they get caught. “Sooner or later they tell somebody who tells us,” he’s always said.
      Now all he has to do is check out Facebook.

  3. I never participated in Facebook or any of the other “social networking” setups. (Like others here, I don’t consider this blog to be in the same category.) The way I’ve put it from the beginning is that I don’t particularly want to share all the details of my personal life with the whole world, and I also don’t want to hang around with people who think the whole world should be interested in all the details of their personal lives. I also thought there was something pitiful about people wanting dozens or hundreds or thousands of “friends” who actually didn’t give a hoot about them and wouldn’t care if they dropped off the face of the earth — or would turn on them savagely at a moment’s notice. Feh. Who needs it?

    1. Wise words.

      In the average day, I get hundreds of emails, mostly related to my job. Most of them are not of any consequence whatsoever, but I have to read each of them before I can delete any of them.

      On Facebook, it’s entirely possible to get an alert because one of your “friends” had an “awesome” slice of pizza for lunch. If one of my real world, face-to-face friends called me during the workday to tell me that they had an awesome lunch … let’s just say I wouldn’t be pleased. Now, multiply such nonsense many times over, and you have the average day of some millennial with a huge flock of of social media “friends”.

      Perhaps it’s wishful thinking, but I wouldn’t be surprised if social media declines in popularity, over time. It’s still relatively new, still novel; but the new may wear off at some point.

    2. It is really pathetic. These are goodie two shoes that seem to believe that gushing about every little thing makes them appear virtuous. Sick of such drivel.

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