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Why I Still Hate Facebook, or why Robert Scoble almost blocked me

I clicked a Facebook link from Twitter last night about the Occupy Wall Street effort. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have seen this post in my news stream from Robert Scoble about manufacturing jobs in Silicon Valley. And if I hadn’t seen that post, I wouldn’t have commented here or seen his comment in the thread about voting for Ron Paul as a protest vote (sorry, I can’t link individual comments from Facebook or I would) and if I hadn’t seen his comment I wouldn’t have commented on it there and also on Twitter, and subsequently read the strand of ignorant comments that followed it, I wouldn’t have gone ballistic on Twitter here and here, and if I hadn’t done that, Robert wouldn’t have gone ballistic on me here and threatened to block me if I didn’t apologize and link, which I did here and here.

Now that I’ve given you all of the links, let me summarize it. Robert Scoble said he was thinking of voting for Ron Paul as a protest vote because he blames Obama for the economic mess we’re still in. Or maybe blames is too much of a leap…he just thinks he hasn’t fixed it enough. To which I replied in an appalled fashion on the Facebook post and on Twitter that it was insane to think that someone who adheres to crazytown beliefs that are to the right of Republicans would somehow be a good thing. Somewhere on that thread he says again that it’s a protest vote because Paul is unelectable.

That’s the last mention of Ron Paul or politics, because the next outburst is about how I took a Facebook discussion to Twitter without linking, which breached Internet protocol (see all 150 comments about what an ass I am for evidence here).

So I’ve linked all that and given you the backstory. Let me pull this back around to that silly declaration about Ron Paul, who Robert clearly states is unelectable but somehow a vote for him would protest the state of our country today.

Bullshit. Here’s what it protests:

  • Women’s rights
  • Minority rights
  • Access to health care for all
  • Medicare
  • Social Security
  • Living in the 21st century

Everyone likes to extol Ron Paul’s virtues because his message never, ever changes no matter how circumstances do. They love that he hates war. Well yes, so do I. But for heaven’s sake, it’s not only war Ron Paul hates. He is against anything and everything that comes from foreign countries.

Honestly, Robert Scoble’s declaration about Ron Paul reflects the kind of shallow thought that seems to prevail in this country; namely, ‘I’m pissed off so I’m gonna do something that’s completely outside my best interests as a protest.’

I’d like to suggest that perhaps a better protest is taking place as I write, outside on the streets of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and elsewhere. Setting my personal reservations aside, it makes a helluva lot more sense than casting a vote for someone who is crazy, unelectable, and if elected, would make this country uninhabitable.

But you know, Facebook is viral. And there is no end to the nonsense memes pushed every day there. It’s why Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann love it so much. Robert thinks a better discussion can be had there than Twitter. Truth: Both places suck for discussion but Facebook is better at piling it on. If you’re really lucky, you might even manage to piss off some family members and old friends who really loathe your politics.

So yeah, no politics on Facebook. At least, not American electoral politics.

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