By: Pat Austin
SHREVEPORT — Probably nowhere in the world of social media can one find more of a cesspool of rumor, misinformation, immaturity, and drama than on Facebook.
There is maybe some merit for Twitter: I usually get breaking news faster on Twitter than anywhere else. Tweets are, of course, thankfully limited to 140 characters, which helps minimize the damage one can do.
About the stupidest thing one can do is to get into an argument with somebody on Facebook. I speak from experience. In July, I jumped into an argument with “Miss Liberal” about the Hobby Lobby decision and whether or not it restricted personal rights to buy contraceptives. In my defense, it was only because I was bored and hurtling down the interstate at 75 mph (as a passenger!) on vacation. “Miss Liberal” insisted that women lost the right to contraceptives in the Supreme Court decision and I made the case that they did not. “Miss Liberal” was never convinced and finally resorted to insults and personal attacks; I got bored with her and left the conversation.
I should have learned.
Last week I posted the “I’m NOT with Mary Landrieu” picture on my Facebook feed – I thought it was kind of funny. “Miss Liberal” pops up again with a comment: “I feel sorry for you.” Again we get into a “discussion” about the merits of Landrieu. “Miss Liberal” hurls more personal attacks and insults about my intelligence. I am, she says, too ignorant to understand.
Again, I left the conversation.
Third strike: “Miss Liberal” posts some gibberish on her own Facebook feed about how wonderful universal health care is and how the United States is the only country in the world not to provide this wonderful service to its people – and she tagged me in her post. She called me out and said that I said that I didn’t believe everyone deserved health care. (I never said that, of course).
This is just silly, right? I don’t even know this person in real life and don’t know why we are even Facebook friends. I’ve never met this person.
But she has called me out. She tagged me.
So I defend my honor; the whole discussion devolves into a definition of the word entitlement. “Miss Liberal” said that I get entitlements based on my government job. When I explained to her that I am a school teacher for the state of Louisiana and I pay for every benefit I receive, she said I was ignorant and needed a dictionary. The whole thing degenerated from there and she was back to insults and attacks which is how most liberals tend to debate, in my experience.
When my husband and another friend jumped in with me to try to explain to “Miss Liberal” the difference between entitlement and benefit, she started deleting our comments. In this way, of course, it looked like she was winning the debate.
So – we simply went back in and deleted all our comments and I deleted the entire thread because she had tagged me.
It’s all a childish, silly bunch of middle school drama if you ask me.
I only bring it up to point out two things: Facebook is only a breeding ground for such drivel, and know that when you argue with a liberal you will never convince them. Your argument can be rock solid and backed up with every academic source in the world, but a true liberal will never be convinced because they believe conservatives are cold blooded, unfeeling evil minions of the rich and elite and all of those people are bad.
That doesn’t mean we need to cave in to their ignorance, but just don’t debate them of Facebook. I’ve sure learned my lesson.
Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.