My contemplation of the Facebook Follies a couple of months ago was somewhat of a chore – but it had some good effects.
Oh. I was not less annoyed at some of the postings, but I reined in any comment, and gained some degree of self-satisfaction at that. And there were valuable insights:
a. Those with most to post, had least to say. They dipped out of a dry well, but that didn’t stop them rattling the bucket.
b. There are, indeed, Fellow Travellers still out there.
One might have expected them to vanish with the 1990’s but I think they just went into a grumbling hibernation. With the rise of a moneyed and bellicose Russia they reappeared, blinking in the sunlight. They are probably a little dismayed that the old red flag days were not revived, but they can still travel to Cuba, Vietnam, and presumably North Korea to get some of the thrill of the past. I’ve watched a couple do two-thirds of the trifecta and expect that they’ll be booking for Pyongyang eventually.
c. There are would-be Fellow Travellers who lack the fire, fare, and foresight to ever succeed.
At least they could take some comfort in the thought that they serve as Useful Idiots…if they understand what that means.
d. You can, indeed, be a ne’er do well these days and gain an audience on the internet. Where once you would have been spurned or clapped up in a workhouse or gaol, you can now draw sympathy and a pension on the strength of it all. It is ever the fault of others… and they must be made to pay.
e. And on the bright side, there are genuinely cheerful and amusing people on the social media. They leaven otherwise lumpen fare.