I proudly remember the day my 13-year old niece declined to read the 2nd book in the Twilight series.
Do our Facebook identities transcend time?
Who steals the show in this grim tale?
We accept that we can’t trust Facebook to hold anything in confidence. In fact, we crave its addiction to broadcast our tawdry secrets and most cherished lies, certain that our creative self portrayal will soon become canon among our peers. Truth is the last thing we would ever dare to share with Facebook.
Is there a place in social media for a bold and earnest self portrayal expressed in stark contrast to the falsehoods venerated by our petty masses?
The answer remains an unequivocal “yes,” as long as you feel comfy talking about your hemorrhoid procedure, your erectile dysfunction, or how you lost your last partner to emotional selfishness and a complete absence of personal ambition.
On Facebook the only friend you can ever count on is discretion. Everything you post, follow, like, click, link, friendify, share, or blog automatically falls below the event horizon of Zuckerburg’s massive data mining gravity well. Have fun with your distraction but keep your eye on the clock. Oh, and lie your little heart out. Everybody else does.
“I’m the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It’s awful. If I’m on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I’m going, I’m liable to say I’m going to the opera. It’s terrible.”
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
- The Future Of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (bookjourney.wordpress.com)
- The Future of Us by Jay Asher/Carolyn Mackler Review (extremereadingandwriting.wordpress.com)