I was going to ramble on a bit about Facebook.
But really, what is there to say?
I find it rather boring as a site and would ignore it entirely but Herself has a page and I am supposed to log in occasionally to “like” something she has posted.
I do have a page that I set up in a moment of madness to run with this one so I get loads of mails from that nagging me that I have 50 new “Friend Requests” or suggesting various groups I should join. I also set up another account recently but that was purely so I could request entry to a local private group. They were unlikely to allow entry to “Head Rambles” or “Grandad”?
I also have a WhatsApp thingy on my phone but that’s only to simplify getting in touch with Daughter and a couple of the neighbours. I never use it otherwise.
As for Instagram? I never joined that. From what I can gather it’s just a place where people post photographs.
I honestly believe those sites do do a lot of damage. Not only are kids over impressed with images they see of “the ideal body” leading them to an unhealthy obsession with themselves but some girls disfigure themselves with injections into the lips and Botox injections in pursuit of “the perfect selfie”. I find it unutterably sad when some poor woman is murdered and the best photograph of her they can find is one with the cocked head, painted black eyebrows and puffed up lips pouting at the camera.
Should the sites be closed down? If they were I wouldn’t miss them but I don’t think they should. Nor should they be policed, except for the very rare posts that might be illegal or infringe on another person’s civil liberties. Policing ultimately leads to censorship and there are no limits to the level of censorship that may be applied at any point in the future? I can freely criticise my gubmint but in other countries I could end up in prison or a graveyard. Who controls the Censor?
It’s not the Interweb that should be censored or controlled as it is one of the great bastions of free speech.
It’s the people who write and post the real shit.
But also the kids [and some adults] who access it who should be educated.
And dammit! I ended up scribbling about Facebook after all.