Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2015 - Ketchum, ID
So I posted on facebook yesterday that I was tired of seeing people post things on my facebook about Syria. It was more meant as in I was tired of seeing the ignorant posts. I wasn’t rude about it at all, it was just a statement. So this girl (friend of my BF) comments and says “…so you only want to know about pop culture?”, insinuating that it’s either one or the other.
I said “no, I more so meant I don’t want to see the ignorant posts like ‘Obama is only starting a war because he’s bored’, and whatnot” (this is not a joke, I saw one like that).
She said “…so be more specific next time?” I replied with “it’s not one or the other. you can like pop culture and still be educated and cultured”. She so rudely replied with “ok, if you say so”. I said “I mean, seriously… there’s no need to be rude”.
Am I completely crazy, or was that rude? I’ve never seen her be rude like that to me before, but she does have a “I’m better than you” vibe about her all the time. She just kept putting those snarky comments, and her little side kick (who is a whole ‘nother store on her own) kept passive-aggressively “liking” her comments.
Ugh, I’m just so annoyed… and that happened 24 hours ago! I just ended up deleting them both off of facebook before I got anymore annoyed and got really out of line, haha.
Post # 3
I can absolutely see how she took your comment that way. If you don’t want to hear about Syria, block those friends who like to talk about politics.
Post # 4
The thing I think is rude is the “ok if you say so,” I always delete people like that. It sounds like she’s not someone who needed to be your facebook friend in the first place, lol!
I’ve been ignoring everyone’s updates about Syria, because it’s a terrible situation every way you spin it, and I’m not qualified to or interested in figuring it out.
I love pop culture, but if you talk to me about the political issues I’m passionate about and well-versed in, you’ll see I’m pretty smart. Personally I’m more concerned with the major human rights violations happening towards LGBT people in Russia right now. I’d love to visit Russia one day, but not now, ugh.
Post # 5
I agree with you. I spend my days working at a job that involves using my brain. I like to unwind by reading celebrity gossip blogs etc., and there’s enough bad stuff going on in the world that no, I am not glued to CNN and will not post about anything like that. Just because some people post about world events doesn’t mean that they’re solving the world’s problems either.
Post # 6
Eh, if you bring up politics/religion on Facebook (even if it is just to say that you don’t want to hear anything more about politics/religion), expect to get burned. That is one reason why I try not to get involved and just block/hide people if I find their posts annoying.
Post # 7
@mrspinesol: Oh yeah, that was definitely rude. I would have used some not so lady-like language with her.
Post # 8
I don’t even think the OP has an issue with legitimate political views or facts, but the “the president is bored and wants a war” comments which are ignorant and stupid. as in hey, let’s not talk about the real and horrific things that could be happening to innocent people across the world, let’s turn it into more Obama slamming. How useful.
Post # 9
@mrspinesol: I spend a good portion of my time when I am on FB hiding the kind of posts you just talked about. I have ignored for the most part, but I have (in the past) made a couple of comments and it has always turned into something stupid.
I have learned not to comment back on any of it. Because somehow what ever you say it is ALWAYS taken way out of context.
I don’t mind if people talk about politics, but I agree I get really tired of all of the ignorant comments. Syria is a serious matter. And I too have seen some really off the wall comments.
I guess my position with politics, is much like religion. I don’t wear it on my sleeve, and I am not vocal about either. And when it comes to serious issues like Syria, I spend some time doing research on my own so I can make an INFORMED decision. Don’t feel bad for what you posted, you were just stating how you feel about it.
Post # 10
I think, if you want conversation about a topic to move in a different direction, the best way to do so is to start that other conversation…not complain about the conversations already happening.
Post # 12
I mean, she kind of sounds like an asshole but I guess I can understand how she took it initially. If you had originally said that you were tired of reading dumb things about Syria like your example that “Obama only wants to start a war because he’s bored” that probably would’ve made your point more clear. I have seen Facebook friends make comments before about not wanting to hear about the election, Syria, or whatever and that can come off as uneducated or unconcerned because it is one platform where you can discuss current events.
I personally don’t usually want to read about heavy things like that on Facebook so if someone has a habit of posting things I don’t like I just skim over their posts.
Post # 13
@mrspinesol: Regardless of whether you believe a person’s political opinion is ignorant, they have every right to express it. Most American’s do not support military intervention in Syria, so it is a hot issue. I’m tired of seeing people posting negative statuses about people posting political opinions. I think it is important to have these hard discussions and if you think a person’s view is ignorant, and you are well versed in the subject, why not guide them to better understanding.
Your post was the “I’m better than you vibe” and chances are, she was offended because she has posted about Syria. It honestly sounds like you enjoyed the drama.
I’m an Obama supporter, but I have been completely outspoken against military intervention…even after having a panic attack after seeing those terrible pictures when they first came out. I don’t care if you use Facebook to unwind. I use it as a tool to express my thoughts, no matter what.
Fact is, you continued the conversation by complaining. If people want to say Obama is starting a war because he is bored, fuck it. Chances are, the reason is just as unbelievably bad.
Post # 14
I had a friend who posted an IDENTICAL status about the constant ignorant statuses littering her newsfeed!
Her responses were also very negative–but it was all people making passive-agressive comments about her “Clearly knowing SO much more than the average peon about Syria to post a status like that”
Post # 15
@CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon: Like you, I’m also an Obama supporter and I was really against US involvement. I read this article and it kind of changed my mind, especially points seven and eight. I’m still on the fence but this made things a lot clearer for me. I just thought I would post it in case you’re interested!
Post # 16
@BlondeMissMolly: “They would be meant to punish Assad for (allegedly) using chemical weapons and to deter him, or any future military leader in any future war, from using them again.”
This is my issue. There is no concrete proof it was Assad and I don’t think it is our job to go around policing everyone.
I don’t think I will change my stance. I have never really stood up in protest about anything before but this situation has me riled. Much more important, the PEOPLE expressing their discontent has Obama rethinking the entire thing. You know why? Because people talk about this stuff everywhere. Facebook, online newspaper comments, ect.
Thanks for the article. I’m going to repost it for others who would like to learn more about the situation.