When your day is long
And the night
The night is yours alone
When you’re sure you’ve had enough
Of this life
Well hang on
Don’t let yourself go
‘Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes
R.E.M. – ‘Everyobody Hurts’
We have tremendous respect for Facebook as a progressive institution. Firstly, it was way ahead of the social media pack in giving users a choice of 71 different genders when setting up their accounts. In hindsight, it seems outright absurd that it took so long before social media provided this option.
By recording the minutia of users’ daily lives, their interests, what they are eating for supper, and their social networks, Facebook save our intelligence agencies countless hours. In time, we hope that Facebook will augment users’ experience further by supplying them with RFID chips to be inserted under the skin. These chips will then monitor users’ precise movements, interaction with others, their emotional & health state etc. and record this information on the users’ Facebook walls. Just think of the possibilities!
Until RFID chipping is introduced, however, we have to take it on trust that Facebook users are entirely trustful about their lives. In a great many cases, it seems that Facebook users grossly exaggerate just how wonderful their marriage/relationship is, the incredible holiday they are on/have been on, the success they and their families are having at work, and indeed in all aspects of their lives.
As a progressive, I have to doubt the sincerity of these accounts. They certainly do not reflect my own life experiences nor, I suspect, yours.
If you are like me, most of your waking hours are spent attending LGBTQ+ rallies, cooking tofu, watching the second hand of the clock move slowly but surely around the dial knowing revolution could happen at any moment, screaming at the TV screen every time Donald Trump’s face appears, bubbling warm soft tears when Hillary is shown, writing sanctimonious comments on sites such as The Guardian in order to belittle our right-wing opponents and show just what a Good Person I am. I have no holidays to speak of, unless of course you count my recent fact finding trips to Venezuela and North Korea to learn what true success is. That in short is what my Facebook wall would look like.
As it is Facebook provides an unrealistically upbeat reflection of its users lives. This is wrong! As progressive band R.E.M. so wisely sung: ‘Cause everybody cries…And everybody hurts sometimes‘
I would urge fellow progressives to ensure that Facebook reflects our own sad and angry realities. We must do this until the chip comes.