In 2013, I’m pretty sure it’s a pretty universal experience to have at least one Facebook friend who is a bit of a train wreck. I have one such person on my list, and for a variety of reasons I cannot delete him. He is quite prone to daily postings of dozens of ridiculous political comments/links/cartoons that range from condescendingly disagreeable to outright offensive. A large part of this offensiveness, IMHO, comes from the fact that a decent amount of what he posts isn’t actually true.
He seems to be a deep sucker for a story that fits his pre-existing narrative, and at least twice a day I see something out of him that doesn’t even pass a basic sniff test. To be fair, he at least occasionally gets called out on this. Apparently this has been getting to him though (the “hey that story’s not true” part), because last night he posted quite the disclaimer that let everyone know that he “thoroughly researches” every story he posts.
A mere 10 hours later, with no irony and lots of anger, he posted this article: Lance Armstrong Fails Drug Test for Job at Target.
On the bright side, just a few posts down on my newsfeed, a different friend posted this list chronicling the 35 best times someone on Facebook thought The Onion was real. These two friends don’t know each other, so it was pretty serendipitous.
It’s a great list, and apparently it’s drawn from a whole website of this sort of thing called Literally Unbelievable.
Check your sources people, check your sources.