Politics and Social Media (or, an exercise in futility)

Perhaps I’ll designate Tuesdays as being the time of the week that I’ll make political posts, considering this is when I’ve felt like posting something political recently…

It’s kind of sad seeing the same arguments being made by the same people in favor of their designated side of the aisle; talking in circles at each other and nobody walks away satisfied. Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing people who share my point of view speak up (often eloquently), so I’m not saying stop it, but this post is just exasperation that it’s essentially the same argument at its roots that everybody’s been having since about June of 2015. I see a post that’s political, then I see the names of people commenting and I immediately guess (correctly, every time) what they’re going to say. It’s safe to say we are all pretty deeply entrenched in our professed point of view.

What’s my point? Knock yourself out, speak up for what you believe in…but don’t expect to change anybody’s mind who disagrees with you. At best, you might encourage those who do agree with you but are too circumspect to speak up (you know who you are out there 😉 ).

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Everybody is so angry…and over stupid bullshit.

Late to the discussion, but I just saw Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks performance at the CMAs…and of course the stupid, useless worked up “outrage” over it. People pissed off because they think Beyonce is crashing “their” scene, people still pissed off because they haven’t gotten over the Dixie Chicks dissing George Bush…I mean, shit, people pissed off because Kenny Chesney evidently didn’t sufficiently look like he was enjoying the performance to their satisfaction.
 
For FUCK SAKE, is there NOTHING somebody out there won’t inevitably get angry over any more? And I’m talking STUPID shit, too. I’m not talking REAL shit that people should get angry over, which depending on your politics would include issues from climate change to police brutality, etc…I’m talking STUPID SHIT that doesn’t make a goddamn difference in your own personal life…
 
“Dixie Chicks and Beyonce at the CMAs! IT MAKES ME SO ANGRY!!! ARRRRRRGGGGGHHHH!!!!”
 
“Kenny Chesney didn’t look like he was enjoying their performance enough! IT MAKES ME SO ANGRY!!!! ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHH!!!!”
 
“They cast Ben Affleck to play Batman!!! IT MAKES ME SO ANGRY!!!! ARRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!”
 
“The Force Awakens is too much like the first Star Wars! IT MAKES ME SO ANGRY!!!!! ARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!”
 
“Kendrys Morales won’t speak English in his post-game Royals interviews! IT MAKES ME SO ANGRY!!!! ARRRRRRRRRRGGGHHHHHH!!!!!”
 
“Walking Dead had a cliff hanger at the end of Season Six and made us wait half a year to reveal who Negan killed! IT MAKES ME SO—”
 
…wait, that last one might have been me…
 
Seriously, people…it’s like social media has become this incubator that causes anger to fester and boil over into stupid fake outrage. You don’t have to like the Dixie Chicks or Beyonce…so just move on.
 
Maybe, just maybe, Kenny Chesney was taking in the performance and he was simply absorbing every facet of it.
 
I can’t help you with Ben Affleck since the movie he played Batman in was just lame, but he did okay.
 
Abrams did go too far into the well for Force Awakens, but it was still a fun movie.
 
And Kendrys Morales helped deliver Kansas City a World Series, so maybe he doesn’t owe you a goddamn fucking thing more, and if he’s more comfortable speaking Spanish, try having a little empathy toward someone who may not be naturally inclined towards learning a second language as an adult.
 
And as for Walking Dead’s cliffhanger…with a little patience, and therapy…I got over it. Eventually. Like two or three days later.
 
Just try lightening up, Facebook. You too, Twitter.