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Wow, They Call It Facebook

Updated on August 30, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Life is Good

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Take It On

How hard can a man fight Facebook? I did the hate Facebook for years. I kept seeing fakey fake selfies from the French Riviera. Really? Facebook looked to me to be full on BS. Even the name pissed me off – “Facebook”, come on now. But today it is different. Facebook actually connects me. Now that is so cool. Facebook does not control my life, Facebook enhances it.

My sister says I am a Luddite. My 9 year old says I have technical atrophy. Now how does a 9 year old come up with that term? He is in the top 5% of the world in a game. He never gets to play more than 30 minutes at a time and less than 1.5 hours on any day. How does he do that? Mom says it is a war game. Fine, we play stick fighting, nerf wars and water balloon fights. Isn’t that what “playing war” is? He is beating me mostly these days. I am not touching his online stuff.

A new phone for me. 1st in 8 years. The boy is setting it up for me but teaching me the set up is rather tedious. He is patient thank goodness.

So “Facebook”? I just figured out that you can post by just hitting enter. I have to be careful there. I am getting over the term “friend”. It seems I have a lot of friends. Well I was spending some time looking at them yesterday. That is amazing. They really are friends. Really? You can have a whole bunch of friends. I am going to write a political post. Or I think maybe not. People do not like being neutral. But I write “sermons” and they get great reviews. Politics and Religion are mostly better left for beers with your buddies you have no problem having a fist fight with. Do not get me wrong I like a good fight, especially with friends who do not bite. Biting is just wrong.

So what of this thing they named Facebook where the owners and users can make 500 Billion dollars. Too cray cray for me. But I want to do something “viral”. I think that is the term that is used. That is just gross. “Going Viral”. That is a disease that hurts people. Oh maybe that is the point about being braindead watching it. Maybe?

We Do Hard Around Here

She Rocks My World

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Break the Chains

Now please do not get me wrong here. I like that YouTube thing and Netflix deal also. Really cool stuff. You can just type something in and whamo bamo you get great movies and music. My boy has a filter on his. He does not like the yucky stuff. I hear him. Mom just watches old Vietnamese videos and so we laugh at her. I had live TV up until about 2010. It just got all whacky so do not have that in my home.

I saw some lady watching news in the waiting area the other day. My my she looked so agitated. I do not need news to do our donations to St. Judes or my wife’s church. It seems that some people have it hard. I do not think I need to watch about it. Oh do not worry I have a real liberal and a kind of conservative “news” outlets on my “feed”. Interesting, but kind of seems like the tabloids in my grocery line. Planting tomatoes seems a better expenditure of my time. Maybe no and I am not going to figure it out. We are learning about geography and not about actors.

Here is a fun one for you. In the late nineties into about 2004 I was a GIS. So funny those initials/acronym. Global Internet Strategist. I actually travelled half the globe in order to promote internet usage by governments. My favorite was for W.H.O. World Health Organization. UN. Can you imagine remote medical care to the Sudan? But I don’t know how to plug in a device without help for the first 5 times. Policy is a different dog than applications.

So about this Facebook. It is so cool. Just like drugs for pain it can be abused. It can lead to problems and injury to health. I have not yet seen a 12 step program for addicts. Maybe you and I can start one and get our National Health peoples to label it a disease. Seems like it may work. I heard of deaths due to folks doing Facebook while driving. I hear texting and driving now kills more than drunk drivers. Now that is an issue of public health. But like medications Facebook is not bad, misuse and overuse is.

Now do not look in this direction for a poster child. I was 5 minutes late picking up my boy on Monday. I was dancing out some Motown. I felt so bad, but he was having so much fun he was bummed when I came to get him. Us dads think we are so important.

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We Have No Cause Not To Spread The Love

So anyhow I have these friends of over 50 years. We write each other. Now if it gets better than that let me know. Now of course I had a superior childhood so maybe for some that is not so cool. I have one friend who broke my nose. Fair enough. I think that some folks like to go there and be all BS and others just want to be all negative. I think that is normal. I think it gives us nut cases a chance to give them a hand up. Why not? I do inspirational type writing. I could not be happier than doing it. For some reason I never get “beaten down”. In fact I get a lot of positive stuff back.

Back in the development of the internet we used to say “garbage in and garbage out”. Probably a good saying. It would seem that our caring for each other maybe the key to the proper use of anything communicative. I am a smiling addict. It is so rare I get a frown back. I do happy steps. Seems that those around me pick it up a notch. Probably just me in my head.

Mr. and Mrs. Facebook let people be themselves. Let them be crazy or vent or rant. I figure that is good for them. Better in your home than in my grocery store. We need to feel to the fullest. I need to talk to my fullest. I do reckon there are issues with this social media stuff. For some reason I do not mind it anymore.

Did you know that no matter the negative you can turn it into positive? That is as clear as E=Mc2. If we allow our love and hearts to flow into Facebook we can make a difference to the good. Hey maybe I should go look for some negative stuff there and give it a bunch of love. What an opportunity! Today I will spread some love in my hood and son’s school. But I could go on Facebook and maybe spread it around a lot more.

Hold on a second here, something is becoming more clear than a brand new window freshly washed. “SOCIAL MEDIA”. I can be as social as I choose. I do happy loving social. You can too. Facebook is a canvas. It is up to you to paint what you want.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wesman I am sorry I missed your comment before.

      I have just put FB in a category that works for me. If you get unfriended by folks for quoting Samuel Clemens in order to establish literary context. That tells you the boundaries.

      I put my Sunday Sermons there. They are designed to fit people who are there to a degree.

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada you are my friend of years. I hope I get to India again soon. It looks like it may happen.

      Writing sites are the best.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting and insightful article. I enjoyed reading it.

      Everything has some plus and minuses. Facebook also has it’s share of both.

      I like it because you are connected with your family and friends, especially who are living far away. But, I avoid confrontations and argumentative posts, especially political posts. Then there are writers groups and I feel so good to connect with them. I may not have met them, but it seems that I know them so well.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful article.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora how fun is this? My doctor's office just texted me to get out of the heat. I went to the library which is a "cool zone" my gauge said it was 88 in there. hihihi. OK I will write about my work as a GIS - don't you just hate that? hihihi

      They have me on an "infirmity list" Really? I just went hiking.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I love your conclusion. I also follow your balanced insights on this Facebook phenomenon. Would love to hear about your stint as GIS. Interesting article!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mr. Shaw please excuse my elder recalcitrance of brain. I am thinking I-10 and sleeping in a haystack. We needed gas so we stacked some. Hay,,, that is not the gas.Seems it was at least 190 degrees. We won the gas siphoned by the big old Ford.

      Oh sorry about probs in Tejas. We pray.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      James someone locked the door and took the key. Writing is fun and great but walking out the front door in my underwear is tough. I know you know what I mean.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      7 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Having spent around 9 years playing on Facebook just about every day I had the capability to do so, and having since that time been completely removed from the website., I would literally like to see it burn.

      Okay, well, not literally. I don't want to see the HQ and such burn. I mean, I wouldn't mind if Facebook HQ and all Facebook locations and buildings burned to the ground. No dog in this race. But since using words correctly is one of my things, I'd really just rather see it die.

      Facebook need not burn like a witch. Dead is good enough. Dead will be good enough for all of us and all things, in good time.

      Words. I like words. I use words all the time. I like it when I can use a word which I don't often have the opportunity to use. It's cool when a situation calls for a very very specific word, and you use it. People go, "Ah! Hadn't heard that word in a while.'

      It all works out so long as people use words to mean what the word means. If every time you say 'cheese' you're talking about some vegan nonsense which is NOT cheese, then how could I possibly know whether or not when you say 'giraffe,' you don't really mean 'Babe Ruth, ' or something.

      We can only ever communicate when we use words according to their definitions.

      This is my soapbox. I throw the boxes away every time I open a bar of Dial soap, but you're following my breadcrumb train in the forest, right? RIGHT?

      Anyway, Facebook should die. Something much much better is on the horizon. And when I say Brad Manning or Bruce Jenner are NOT WOMEN, then it is something I say because words and the definitions attached to them are part of what makes us better than monkeys.

      But on Facebook words can mean any damned thing the leftist want them to mean, and facts are sometimes hate speech.

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      James A Watkins 

      7 months ago from Chicago

      I appreciate your thoughtful and insightful article. I enjoyed reading it. Well done.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whahoo Tim, Whahoo, Life is Grand!

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      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      Eric, you've figured me out, brother. Here is where the good loving stuff is. Keep us loving and smiling.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish I read you loud and clear. But for some reason I have picked it up lately. Seems you can do it nice. Now do not put me on a schedule there. What,, should I not go out in nature in order to go there??

      It is fun world.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Now Tim I just looked you up and down. A 99 score here?? Hmmm. Please send me a link to your blog. I will check out "goodread" in good time. I am having so much fun these days I cannot squeeze in all the fun.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Liz my notices come up. I read them. They are interesting. I write something and all I get is love coming back. I would never have imagined that happening. Perhaps there is a reason beyond me.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      7 months ago from USA

      I don’t do Facebook much anymore because I feel funny about the data side of it and the push notifications are overwhelming. I occasionally log on to see what I am missing if anything.

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      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      I use FB so sparingly that I'm a ghost there, Eric. It has it pluses, but I try not to go there much. Spread love via FB? Great idea, brother. I saw how FB is employing a bunch of people to help screen out the false news and hate, and I hopthey can. Great message as always. Admiration and respect.

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      Liz Westwood 

      7 months ago from UK

      I have yet to take the Facebook plunge, although I confess to occasionally taking a look via my husband's account. So I have read your comments with interest. On the subject of letters; we have collections from family members many years ago. They are now great historical documents.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful Linda. My eldest and my youngest just stuck their fingers in their mouth, in the car and gagged at my poetry.

      I pulled over to give them a good whooping. Oops, they are tougher than.

      I think she posted a bunch from us on the beach. Oh well.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I am a member of FB, but I rarely go there. Too much negativity. To each their own. Another good lesson to think about Eric. Thank you...

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      Linda Lum 

      7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I know people who have "un-enrolled" from Facebook because they couldn't stand the negativity. That doesn't stop the nasty, it just means that you don't participate and you can do that without the dramatic step of removing yourself from everyone.

      I don't "do" drama. I don't enter into the political or religious discussions because no matter what I say I know I won't change anyone's mind. I'm happy on Facebook because I choose to interact and exchange with happy people. If you want to rain on someone's parade that's your right, but I won't hold the umbrella for you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary I am just learning messenger. How fun is that? I love phone calls and snail mail but this new stuff is awesome. Around the globe. We are so lucky. I just recently started figuring out how to post to others. Fun for sure.

      You know me, I do not do ordinary so it is hard for folks with me. But I can share love. How exciting is that.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great idea Eric. Make love viral on FB. I like FB Messenger as I can now make all the calls without paying anything. It enables me to connect with family and friends in other parts of the globe. I have to admit my friends complain as I seldom post anything. I mostly visit their own posts.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah it is a tussle. How far to go without going too far. I enjoy my "Sermons" because in ordinary parlance they are not. but in a real sense they are. Boy does that irritate some folks hihihi

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Fantastic Devika. This morning I got all caught up with my eldests. What great pictures and comments they make. It truly can be a blessing.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      7 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, are of your saying we "change the definitions of words" or are we returning them to their "original" definitions? Since we live in "Mystery Babylon" where they have changed so many definitions, stop teaching Pre and Suffixes' meanings and change word definitions until we are only babbling, someone needs to work toward returning us to coherent speaking.

      John, I use Facebook and Twitter to share links to my posts here on Hubpages, on the average go to Facebook no more than twice a week and Twitter even less.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I use Facebook for business and to check on family photos. Thank you for sharing your insight on this social site It depends on certain individuals who choose to abuse social sites and have no respect for social sites.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, thank you so much. Of course I enjoy your comments. // just do not tell anyone that I did not know it was Labor Day weekend // Eldest daughter in from DC so Sat and Sun are full. I figure then we will just chill out on Monday.

      I think it was 2014 when I quit laboring. Now I just do stuff.

      I really do enjoy being someone who calls you a friend.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John you are a great example. I think we have known each other for half a decade? But I have no "checked in" with you for awhile. But you dropped in and so I went over and dropped in on you. All to the good in friendship.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John you are so kind. Oh for sure I am an HP junkie. My friends here are just outstanding. I really enjoy reading and writing. We get pretty deep around here.

      I know you. I mean I really know you. Although I do forget if you still have chickens and do need you to get another one off the shelf :-)

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah thank you. Very interesting comment. Did you ever notice that you and I both like to "change the definitions of words". Maybe I should work on not doing that.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 months ago from Sunny Florida

      The only reason I go on facebook is to see what family and friends post. If you use it in a positive way it is not so bad. Social media has certainly changed out lives. I enjoyed reading the remarks of your family, especially that precocious young son. Have a nice Labor day weekend Eric.

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      John Ward 

      7 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      I think that if one steps back from a negaive and takes Five, there is a good opportunity of finding the positive. If not ask (Can I make this a positive.

      However having said that there are some folk on Facebook that only have the intention of being Nasty regardless. In a true negative there is always, at least a lesson to learn.

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Facebook isn’t so bad if you use it the right way. I find it a great way to keep in touch with family and friends..but that usually just involves liking or reacting to there posts and vice verse...and the occasional chat on messenger. I actually interact more here at HubPages than on Facebook and am far from an addict...usually just check it once a day. Still it is much better than Twitter...just can’t get interested in that even though I have an account there.

      You make good points if we all act good and nice there, even to the negative and nasty posts maybe we can make a difference and influence it to move in a more loving and positive direction.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      7 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, you say "you know that no matter the negative you can turn it into positive" but I say "negative and positive is the individual's attitude, everything is what it is." I put my "food for thought" first this time.

      Now that you see the faces on it maybe you see that it is a book of faces. I once had 5000 friends, they have dwindled to 4800 and something because I seldom find intellectual food there. I do have a 70+ year-old friend there who don't live far from me but we haven't made the face to face thing yet. My inner guide hasn't said okay. It happened because of some health information I posted that someone reposted she tried to find it works and invited me to become friends. So, it isn't negative although most people only post things entertaining things, it's Facebook.

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