Facebook is Turning Us All into Brain-Dead Self-Centered Morons
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. His project The Hero Killer was released on January 21 and will be followed up by a full-length with DJ Burn One entitled Cheer For the Villain. Follow him on twitter @tefpoe. Get The Hero Killer here.
At the very core of my human emotions lies a dormant hatred for Facebook. I hate it primarily because I know I hate it, yet I can't stop using it. I log on every day, first thing in the morning, for absolutely no reason whatsoever. I rely on Gmail more than Facebook and logging into Gmail is a more valuable use of my time, but this means nothing when I am fiending to check a status. Somehow the makers of Facebook have mastered the science of entrenching this social network so deep into my psyche that I just can't get away with living without it.
All of my friends are on Facebook. All of my enemies are on Facebook. Facebook has even done an excellent job of making people that would otherwise love me turn sour and completely hate me.
The problem is this social network allows one too many people to climb on top of their high horse and ride it into town without any shame whatsoever. If our actual society worked the way Facebook does we'd all be dead and gone. I figure years from now people will run some type of statistical test on our society and compare it to a Facebook-less society. Human beings prior to Facebook were probably more logical and less self-centered.
Sometimes I close my eyes and try to imagine a world without Facebook. What was my life like prior to this evil blood sucking mechanism? I remember when it was restricted to people that had college email addresses. I remember when they let regular non-educated people become members and the entire social structure of the site went to hell in a handbasket.
Facebook has made everyday normal people with absolutely no talent whatsoever turn into local celebrities. Facebook has created a generation of people that are completely delusional about their place in society. Today I watched a news story about an idiot that murdered his wife and posted pics of her dead body on Facebook. The problem is Facebook makes idiots like him feel like there's nothing wrong with this. How are you sitting here at the computer with your wife's dead body on the screen and you're carrying on as if nothing is wrong? I hope this guy dies a painful death and chokes on Satan's penis when he goes to hell.
Facebook has suddenly turned the most morally irresponsible, lazy people into activists, musicians, philosophers, preachers, religious icons, teachers, athletes, social commentators, parental guidance counselors, relationship gurus, theologians, medical experts, physical trainers, nutritionists, movie critics, music critics, Grammy-worthy singers, award winning actors, pet whisperers, dog trainers, satanic devil worshipers, experts on the Illuminati, news broadcasters, political organizers, ESPN analysts -- the list goes on forever.
Truth be told, I know for a fact that I wouldn't even have this column if it weren't for some of my more classic Facebook rants. I used to love Facebook, but since my rap career started buzzing and things started working in my favor with the music, for some reason my feed is dominated by people I've never met and people that are drastically negative about everything under the sun. My feed is filled with people that rant all day every day about absolutely nothing remotely interesting. I also have people in my feed that are opposed to anything and everything without any clear justification for their opinion. It is simply overflowing with people I don't necessarily care to talk to or read up on.
I don't dislike chatting with people I've never met as long as they are positive and offer a wholesome energy to the conversation. I even enjoy Facebook rants from people I disagree with politically. I think life is about sharing your opinions and communicating with others even if you don't have a common ground to stand on with them. The negativity from Facebook, however, is often overwhelming and I truly feel like if you hate life so much you must rant about it on Facebook on a constant basis then you should kill yourself and spare the rest of us the grief.