The point(lessness) of political arguments on Facebook

The point(lessness) of political arguments on Facebook

2016 has been the most politically divisive year I’ve witnessed. Scandals break daily that beg us to respond on social media. These “breaking” stories often evoke festering anger, driving us to rant or plead to the public to see the obvious. Our logical appeals can turn emotional, harming and sometimes severing ties.

I wanted to investigate this issue, so I took to Facebook to ask my 357 friends if these types of political posts and arguments had an impact on the way they used social media.

Three people responded.

I realize I’m not a lightning rod of political discourse like many of my friends, but I was still surprised to see how few commented, especially considering that 76 people liked the picture of me and my son shared a few minutes before.

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Let’s Make This Go Viral, Dawg!

Let’s Make This Go Viral, Dawg!

Everyone getting started on YouTube has lofty aspirations, hoop dreams, that his/her video is going to be the next sensation, the next “Chocolate Rain” or Chewbacca Mom, or kid getting taken home from the dentist babbling nonsense. It seems so easy, and many of the most popular videos are effortless. Why couldn’t I do that?

I recently read a wonderful book that delves into this topic called Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger. The book makes clear that going viral is not easy, but it also offers insight into the reasons why certain videos do. After I read the book, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at creating a viral video. And all the while, I wondered if doing so was ethical.

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