Today is Mothers' Day and I could not help but notice the outpouring of love and affection on Facebook. Yes, right after talking to my mom (along with my sisters) on the phone this morning, that's where I headed. Visiting there more often than before these days, and have come to realize a thing or two.
NO HOLDS BARRED
For example, the other day when this guy passed on, having committed a horrible and atrocious act (murder-suicide), folks took to his FB page to comment (read: vent and curse). It was something to behold. I stood from a distance and watched. The posters started turning on each other as they took sides - no holds (nor language) barred. Finally, about 500+ comments later, the page went down.
After telling her about an experience I'd had shortly after starting my more frequent visits to FB, my lil sis gave me a bit of heads-up. I'd commented on a post from a friend and someone else made another comment disagreeing. On top of that, she added a term that, when interpreted, was essentially dismissive. And I'm thinking: "I don't even know you?! Why would you do that?" Lil sis 'warned' that, even in that space where you have mutual friends, some people just don't include care in their responses. There is not always that civility that we have come to know and love.
A WHOLE OTHER PERSON