In my younger years, when I talked to less people and entertained myself by walking around my town, I used to wonder if I ever came up in conversations I would never hear with people I didn’t associate with. This was not too long before literally everyone had a smartphone. In the years following I have a social media presence. I probably post on social media a few times a week, whether by me actually posting or sharing something, between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and this blog. Because of this, I imagine it’s something of an infinite-monkeys-with-infinite-typewriters scenario, and there is a more than likely chance that something I have posted has been screencapped by someone, and they have sent it to their friends. Maybe they liked what I said, or maybe they think I’m naïve. Maybe they like me or maybe they don’t, and everything I add to the Socialsphere adds to their derision. I think most people, whether they know it or not, exist as a screenshot on someone’s phone, as a brief topic in someone’s messages. And maybe it is flattering to you or maybe it isn’t, and there’s something terrifying about that.
Based on my brief understanding of demographics, the odds are that most of you reading this are selfish, narcissistic millennials. Millennials being the most offensive term of the bunch if TV news outlets and old people are to be believed. I don’t think we are more self-centered than the last generation. I simply believe that we have more access to reach the world than ever before, and if that hadn’t happened with this particular group of young people, the narcissistic claim would have stuck to any previous or future generation. With that being said, there are things I see on social media that would make me retract that claim.
Facebook sucks or, rather, people suck. Everybody has that person that toes the line between entertaining and incessant, aggravating and amusing. If you don’t have one of these people, go through your blocked friends and unblock them. Their contempt and naiveté will override how annoying they really are. Here are the six annoying people you meet on Facebook.
When something bad happens in America, a bunch of people will rush to Facebook or Twitter to express their opinions, like this person;
Or this concerned parent:
Or they may write a heartfelt letter, like this gentleman:
Now, we know there are peaceful protests amidst the chaos. It’s just not good business for the media to focus on it. I’m not posting these screencaps to lambaste the general public of my Facebook. I’m posting to show that a person’s death, a death that people have every reason to question at the moment, has been reduced to ignorant dribble.
As for the posting of Gray’s rap sheet. Sure, it’s clear that the guy dealt drugs along with other offenses. But does that mean this man deserved to die because of it? In this case, does a man deserve to die when he carries a switchblade on his pants? There are scenarios in the past that deal with neglect to those detained. Anybody remember that kid who was held in a holding cell for 5 days? What made our country great was the idea of equal justice and guaranteed rights; rights that seem to be garnished with layers of red tape.
As for the violent rioters riding the coattails of unfortunate events for their own benefit, what made protestors like King or Gandhi great was their inherent knack for empathy. To defeat your adversary you must love them. By using an event like this to loot and steal demonstrates, to me, a lack of empathy.
And as for the people on the internet, quick with their fingers to type up a rant. I think it was Nietzsche who said “There are no facts, only interpretations.” Subjectivity can be a burden sometimes.
It’s unfortunate when the actions of a few are the actions that some people form their opinions around. What’s going on in Baltimore is a sorry affair that, at this rate, will further fuel animosity towards minorities in America as well as police officers. Two factions forever doomed to repeat history.