Sunday, February 13, 2011

Why I Care if you Comment or Like my Statuses

FOR ages, I have decried Facebook for being inconsequential, and a superficial way of "communicating" with friends. But since then, I've somewhat come around on it, looking at it as a way to share--to share YouTube videos, music, blogs, or other links--particularly, to share things that I have made to the greater public, such as my YouTube videos, my music, my blogs, etc.

While for the most part my Facebook status feed is cluttered to the brim with lousy rap music, miscellaneous sports plays and interviews, and political or celebrity scandals links, I take the opportunity for sharing to share my own content, rather than mainstream, already-seen-it, mass-market, mass-media garbage, I give you something a little more unique, niche, if you will, more interesting.

So in the same vein with my statuses, I painstakingly come up with witty, and largely, strange ones that I hope will provoke thought and wonder. But it seems my intentions are often ignored by most, if not all of my friends. Either they don't have time to think, or are rarely ever willing to do so, my statuses are looked upon as an afterthought.

People with numerous comments or "likes" following a status boast this as a point of pride, or even, popularity. I wouldn't doubt that I've fallen out of favor among friends given how unwilling they are to read my unique and unusual statuses and content.

So is it that people simply want more of the same when it comes to Facebook statuses? Or do they want originality, but the issue is more that they rarely know how to respond to their perplexing messages?

Do people truly want a million Kanye West, or Ke$ha song lyrics in their status feeds, or do they want intriguing, existential queries that provoke and force growth in us?

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