Facebook And A Weird Croissant

Once upon a time, Dog Blog (“The Official Blog Of Prairie Dog) had three-plus posts daily, which was pretty damn impressive for a volunteer blog (volunteer = “no one got paid”). Greg, Paul, Shane, Jorge and others did (and in Shane and Jorge’s case, do) a great job writing a hell of a lot of stuff. But as I’ve said before, it’s been a lot quieter in 2016 because these days most of us don’t have the time, energy or motivation to spend 15-20 hours a week writing stuff for free.

I mean, writing in public can be a fun hobby, but it’s not that much fun.* Besides, like pretty much all media outlets, we’ve laid-off half our staff in the last several years so we’re (me and the freelancers) all busier with the actual paper.

Having said that…

We’ve gotta get this thing going again, at least a little bit, because it’s just wrong to restrict our online opinions to social media.

If the world didn’t already know Facebook can be dangerous, the recent election of Donald Trump proved it. For years, Facebook has amplified the voices of profiteering bullshit purveyors and demented, sexist, racist and anti-social maniacs who support the agenda of Trump and other toxic politicians. Too often, it’s been a magic looking glass that sucks viewers in and tosses them down Internet rabbit holes of nonsense, conspiracy theories, racism, sexism, homophobia and even radicalization.

Thanks to Facebook, a lot of U.S. voters brainwashed themselves into believing a lying, self-absorbed, thin-skinned, ignorant, selfish, silver-spoon-fed millionaire would make a better president than a highly qualified woman with a lifetime of experience in politics, international affairs and public service.

It’s nuts. And it’s a problem.

That’s not to say Facebook doesn’t have value. Many users share smart, fact-based, informative articles, proving Mark Zuckerberg’s $350-plus billion rabbit hole can lead to knowledge and wisdom as well as ignorance, hatred and insanity. I’ve often found it a useful tool professionally, too. It’s a good way to reach people I want to talk to for stories. And personally, Facebook arguments have helped me fine-tune (and occasionally correct) my opinions and ideas. So I’m certainly not going to shut down my account anytime soon.

Nonetheless, it’s clear that too often, Facebook is a vector for the spread of fake news, anti-science flim-flam and outright fascist propaganda, not to mention using other people’s work to generate advertising revenue. (a rant for another day). It’s annoying, and I’m going to cut down the time I spend on Facebook as a result.

Besides, I’d rather give my free time to my (local!) business, which does pay me.

Anyhoo, all this rambling means means you can expect a minimum of a couple blog posts from me a week going forward. More, if they’re dumb jokes or pictures of animals.

Speaking of dumb things, I promised you a weird croissant. Here you go.



Editor Steve

*Unless you’re a masochist who likes constantly being told you’re wrong** by people who didn’t read what you wrote, ignored facts you linked to, and concern-trolled the shit out of you every time you made a goddamn joke. Then hell yeah, it’s a blast.

**Though I’ve always appreciated and enjoyed Barb Saylor’s proofreading. Always. Thanks, Barb!

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

6 thoughts on “Facebook And A Weird Croissant”

  1. You’re welcome, Stephen.

    I find that Facebook works for quick news from (or to) family and friends, and for reading interesting shared links (and posting some as well). My profile is minimal; I limit the number of people who are FB friends; and I don’t click on or follow everything that lands on the screen. Being on FB is rather like having a credit card: you should have a particular purpose for it, and stick to that purpose. You may choose to have more than one card/social medium, but the same caution/limit should hold That way, you don’t squander time and energy (and in the case of cards, moolah).

    Just slightly off topic, I was sorry to see that you stopped having reader-response to PD articles online. I always enjoy Jorge’s reviews, and sometimes I’d like to tell him so.

  2. Hey Barb, like you I’d prefer comment sections on articles but unlike you I thought we had them. Maybe the reason we don’t have comments is that it’s extra work for our busy designer — like it’s a manual setting he has to turn on for every article? Or maybe it opened the door too wide for spam. Here’s hoping I’m wrong and this is easy to fix.

  3. The comment sections have been gone for some time. I thought it was because you weren’t getting many comments and had decided to cut the workload. I hadn’t noticed any spam.

  4. I did Facebook for about five minutes 10 years ago. Worlds collided. Too much social accountability. Plus I hated it. However, twas not till Election 2016 that I’d heard what a corrupt snotrag the application had become. Sad. I mean, even more sad than I originally thought.

  5. I believe the left needs to step back and look at the big picture as to why Trump is to become America`s next President. It is the same reason why Brexit won and why the Liberals will lose the next election in Canada. If the left think Trump supporters are just brainwashed and stupid because of Facebook or some other dumb reason, they`ll never get it. I was an NDP supporter for 40 yrs.until recently for the same reason. I`ll just leave it there.

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