Is Social Media really as sociable? An Inquest by a Social Media Novice
I don’t get social media. So it got me thinking and I scribbled down a few questions, for someone willing to answer (maybe whosoever is writing a litany on social media culture). And no, I’m not going to ask what ‘that’ photograph with a-feet-in-a-circle is supposed to mean.
Is there an alternative answer to the LOL, other than ROFL, ROFLMAO – the like – or the repetition of LOL itself? And does using the tonal ‘haha’ or ‘hehe’ imply that I am not ‘down’ for the “good times”? Because I love the good times. Also, does the discontinuation of the LOL chain mean you have slipped out-of-favor and may soon incur the wrath of detachment, in the sense that there could be a question in place of an exclamatory, elated expression of joy? How – if possible – can I turn the table? By being content – having completely fallen out with how amusing I can be, in person? Or was?
When I see a ‘smiley’, do I reimagine it in the face of a person I love watching? Or do I simply imagine the face of the person who sends it, ugly as hell though he might be? As it is supposed to be an expression of ‘personal’ elation or happiness, is the privacy and humanness expected to surface in the tiny yellow face on its own? Should I wait? Should I move on? And if the emoticon neither transcends, nor is supposed to act humanlike, why do we need a third party participation at all? Does that not violate a code of privacy? Is it based on the premise that emoticons are not alive? But if so what emotion are they capable of transmitting? Did you ever ask a friend to smile at your girlfriend for you, because she sounded somewhat funny? Or kiss her because she is sweet, or thinks she is? She would say, won’t she?
If a picture of yourself is a selfie, a picture of someone else is a photograph (that does not include the photographer in any capacity, not even his fingers partially blocking the aperture), then what exactly is a picture of you taken by someone else? Is there a term for that yet? Is every photograph that I have ever clicked, knowingly or unknowingly, so consciously bereft of general good humor that it may eventually be termed, let us say (and this is based purely on the science implemented beforehand), a “selfiegraph”? Yawn!
Life and Death
Why is it that I manage to see images of people who are dead and not the ones who are dying?
In case I die, and the last status update on my facebook account reads something like “#lovingit #partywiththeboys #Whisky #Nightcaps”, does that in any way apply to a continuation of the mood to my generally degrading health that eventually leads to an early and unexpected death? By that I mean, are my updates completely independent of reality, or is it a case of it being real as long as it is regularly mapped to the real (not speaking technically of course)? Ohhh! Wait! I see what you’ve done there. Don’t answer that. I need to make an update now.
P.S. Why is it that I manage to see images of people who are dead and not the ones who are dying? Something like – #LifeSucks #TookmylastShit #DocSaysAsGoodAsDead #FuckYouWorld TOL (Tired of Living)” beneath the photo of a 36 year old man, having just crapped in his breeches. What has ‘social’ got to do with the dead, and not the dying?
Were exactly is ‘out there’? And if it is out there, is there any chance of it coming back here? And also if you can check-in why can’t you check-out? As in, not checking her out. LOL.
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