I Make Long Facebook Statuses

A long time ago in an internet far away, Facebook limited the number of characters you could use in your status. Seriously, if you exceeded the arbitrary and astonishingly short length the company thought was necessary to convey a complete thought, you’d receive a dialog box rather coldly stating that your status was too long.

This was much to my chagrin, but like the baby elephant tied to the stump I was trained to keep my Facebook statuses short and sweet long after they removed the restrictions and allowed posts long enough to overrun all known civilization.

Lately, however, I find the length of my posts to be creeping back up there into the stratosphere. Fifty words. A hundred. I believe I recently published my first 200 word post the other day. And, you know what? I’m perfectly okay with that!

Facebook had long been marred down by mindless link-sharing and endless advertisements, a necessary evil due to the fact that everyone’s on it and we’re all waking around with smartphones growing out of our left wrists. I am but one individual, but perhaps I can do my part in attempting to turn the tide. To make Facebook a place of contemplative philosophy, not trite expressions that do nothing for nobody. A place of individual art and photography, not another dreadful meme affixed to a cutting opinion.

We’re all sick with a virus that we keep on catching, unwilling to sanitize the problem for fear we might lose our high technology as a consequence. But our disease is making us bitter, and making us see the world, or rather a digital symbol of it, as an ugly place.

So I will make long Facebook statuses, even if they don’t get any “likes.” (Though strangely, they often do.) I’m done caring about little red numbers at the top of my screen. My hope is that you are at that point too, because if you are, you can be a part of making things better. Post a long Facebook status. Post something original. Post a video of you doing something cool. Whatever you want to do, just post something different that the link-bait fueled mess bludgeoning us with opinions that the lowest-tier social media has become. People are better than that.


Tell Me Lies, Tell Me (Five Different Kinds of) Lies

Lies are all around us, artfully weaving their way around and through culture with impressive tenacity. These are the most common.

1. The Perpetual Lie

Perpetual lies come from perpetual liars. The unfortunate reality is that there are people who can’t stop lying, even when the truth is both more necessary and valid. People don’t become perpetual liars over night. It usually begins with one successful lie that sets a person on a path to despair, each lie taking a step from point A to B until everything becomes a lie. It’s a bad habit that turns an individual into someone who has unlearned how to deliver even the most simplistic of truths. These people can become impossible to make friends with, and are very difficult to keep in a job environment. Continue reading

WAYYYBACK BLOG 4/1/10 – Drama

[ The following is a column I wrote for The Eclectic Observer when I was a senior in high school. I will try to periodically introduce my back-catalog of columns as this blog continues. Nostalgia, you know. ]

Drama. Find a topic that basically every teenager has come face to face with on multiple occasions and it will very likely be drama.

It’s taken me eighteen years to come up with a proper, acceptable, and concise definition of that word, and I’m very happy to share it with you now. Drama is the intentional injection of lies, gossip, or false assumptions into an otherwise normal situation, based on another person’s jealously or hard-feelings.

I will concede that there are good forms of drama, especially in books, movies, and television shows. Imagine, for instance, a Star Trek episode like this: the crew beams down to a planet, everything happens just like it’s supposed to, and they beam back up. A refresher for hard-core Trekkies, maybe, but the episode would be largely boring for the rest of us.

However, drama, specifically in real-life human relationships, is bad for three basic reasons. It causes false accusations, complicates relationships, and induces wrong decision-making.

False accusations occur simply because of the information being spread by the different parties involved. Although the wisest course of action would be to only believe what is being said from the person in question, the inevitable false accusation can and will still occur.

Relationships are, in effect, complicated. More trust is required, especially from friends. Many people will simply choose to believe the lies being presented and terminate the friendship. Others will act differently around the target of the drama. Only a true friend will confront the person in question, and remain in a solid friendship no matter what the response.

Lastly, decisions are made much more complicated. It is difficult to determine the possible options for a situation if it is being shrouded by a large amount of untruthfulness. Even people in leadership positions struggle when faced with the unfortunate effect of drama.

Be careful to determine what to listen to from your peers with extreme discernment. Go to the person in question if possible. Also be careful not to spread gossip, weather you know it’s true or not. If you are on the receiving end of drama, be sure to rely on your close friends. True friends will be there no matter what goes on.