In The World Today, We’re Programmed By Facebook
First, I offer my condolences to the loved ones of the victims who have fallen in most recent tragic events. Tragic losses always humble me to take the time out to tell the ones who I love how much they mean to me. They also force me to confirm my life’s purpose in the event that I do not wake up tomorrow.
Programmed By Facebook
When Facebook first invited me to “bare” the French flag as my profile pic, I immediately thought to myself why France? But I thought to myself. And I feel that’s where I differ from the many folks who impulsively agreed to stand with France via a profile pic. I understand that the intentions of those who changed their profile picture are good, but their critical thinking skills, at least in this instance, not so much.
I have found the clash of the flags on social media to be quite amusing. I stated why Facebook chose France as its “kickstarter” nation with which social media should stand as opposed to Nigeria, Kenya, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Japan, to name a few; all of whom have experienced equal or greater tragedies this calendar year. In my opinion, Facebook believes that millions more will stand with France versus the aforementioned alternatives, and they’re probably correct. But again, I ask why is this so.
French flag bearers need to admit that they switched their profile picture due to a mere suggestion. Facebook planted a seed of solidarity, and many complied with no hesitation. That truth is more powerful than the defensive stance that one can decide when and how to mourn international tragedies. My frustration didn’t lie in the sympathy that was felt for France, but in the quickness with which those sentiments were publicly shared simply because of a recommendation.
Without the suggestion, many people would have left Facebook statuses about France anyway. One that would have disappeared into cyberspace after a few hours. However, thanks to that suggestion, your profile pic stands the testament of time not by your design.