This is an offshoot of the Presidential thread. I thought Farscry hit on something that's really frustrating / hard to navigate this time of year. Your crazy uncle who believes Obama is a secret muslim? He's posting on Facebook. You might even try to refute him. Families divide or simply stop paying attention to each other. How do you use Facebook? Is it a net good or net evil?
My problem is this. Because of the mere existence of Facebook I have relatives who don't make phone calls any longer. They don't send letters to each other. We don't meet as a family as often. Facebook "handles" keeping in touch with relatives who weren't your favorites to begin with. Unfortunately those same relatives are now expressing themselves on Facebook. Often in radically and possibly offensive ways. Maybe you want to express yourself. I personally would love to walk away from Facebook. I want people to reach out to me via email, call me or whatever. But I know that won't happen. The world has changed. If I want to know how my relatives and distant friends are doing I have to be on Facebook. So how does everyone else square this? This isn't necessarily even about politics, although I put this here because of where it came from. But what is Facebook for if you can't be yourself? Is it even worth it?