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Lloyd Waters: Facebook, drama, wit and revolution

July 21, 2013|By LLOYD WATERS

When Bob Dylan in 1964 was singing his rhyme, “the times they are a changin,’” I really had no idea of the significance of his words.

When you’re young you avoid thinking of being old. And when you’re old you have dreams of being young.

Fast forward from 1964 and see how fast Facebook has impacted our world. 

I avoided Facebook like the plague in the beginning. I saw it as something that caused more harm than good. How could you see the trees, stars, birds, all of nature, when you had your eyes fixed on a computer screen absorbing miniscule dots of information?

Even more important, what was to happen to those strolls in the park, the picnic, a cup of java where you smell the aroma and look into the eyes of your best friend sitting across the table? I always preferred the more personal moments myself.

But like millions of others, I couldn’t resist.

Facebook is a place where you can find everything.  Renewing old acquaintances and watching all sorts of drama unfold before your very eyes is like a big reality show.

In and out of relationships;  personal feelings freely expressed; the hurting nature of people; cussing one minute and praying  the next; sickness and death; birthdays and anniversaries. Political views, hatred, love, conflicts, opinions about work and employers.  You name it, you got it.

Don’t want to talk to people? Then waste your life away playing games like Farmville, Candy Crush, Casino, etc., etc.  No one cares if you become addicted to this frolic.

Facebook can become a possessive friend that embraces those needs of our society and world. People, after all, need an outlet, a little like Mail Call, to share a voice.

It’s a forum, too, for some pretty good wit. My friends share some of the best advice and quotes.

In the midst of all the troubles of the world, you often find a one-liner on your Facebook page that lifts your spirit:

“He is richest who is content with the least.”

“There are those who give with joy, and joy is their reward.”

“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”

“Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn and carefully starts to sing while it is dark.”

“It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

That is the nature and soul of people who share their thoughts about a better place.

But Facebook and the interactions of social media also have presented a forum for mass behaviors and things heretofore not seen in this world.

Take June 8, 2010, for example, to see the magnitude of this outlet called Facebook.

A short story about a young man named Khaled Mohamed Said:

Khaled was enjoying himself in a cybercafé in Egypt when police came in, arrested him and beat him to an unrecognizable pulp.

Wael Ghonim was a 29-year-old Google executive who lived in Dubai. While browsing on his Facebook page, he discovered the disfigured and horrific pictures of Khaled’s body.

Incensed, he took to the Internet and created a web page titled, “We Are All Khaled Said.”

The page instantly went viral; he continued to attack the police’s actions, the oppression of the Egyptian people and Mubarak’s many abuses.

The Egyptian masses became unified.

As the story continues, the people took to the streets and because of the death of one young man, and the interest of another on a Facebook page, a revolution was started in Egypt like never before seen.

“We Are All Khaled Said” was the beginning of Egypt’s uprising created by one simple Facebook page.

What is next for an increasing troubled world?

Check your Facebook page to find out. It’s a very important part of your future.  

Lloyd “Pete” Waters is a Sharpsburg resident who writes columns for The Herald-Mail

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