1) Don't do anything you wouldn't want your parents or your boss to know about. (Luckily, I have supportive hippy dippy parents who probably do weirder stuff than I do...)
2) Don't post anything to facebook that you wouldn't want your parents or boss to know about.
Facebook. What a bizarre sense of space--to be connected with anyone anywhere in the world at any moment you desire. I'm still impressed by the interwebs.
I am by no means a facebook quitter. Generally, it's a good tool for booking, mapping out show attendance and the most efficient way to share crude puppet shows and talking cats with my siblings.
Lately, in my own personal facebook cosmos it feels like there has been an abnormal amount of negative funk. I'm not talking about global politics updates or oil spill information--
Negative as in passive aggressive bitching and careless whining that can be potentially dangerous.
It's like coming home to your apartment to find your disgruntled roommate has left snide post it notes on everything in the fridge.
It's not news, but it's an interesting idea to revisit:
The internet is an extension of our physical lives, and just like in your Real Life once you say something stupid, it's incredibly difficult to take it back. And odds are pretty good you actually know some of the people on your "friend list" in this dimension.
When we agree to participate in facebook (and the larger umbrella of the internet), we choose to participate in a community. It is not a vacuous confessional where complaints go to die.
You can hide things. You can delete things. But you can't Un-See things.
The sloppy and thinly veiled screed about your fr-enemy hurts more people than the intended target. Rants about everyone you encounter being a drooling idiot makes us pity you. Carelessly complaining about your coworkers or boss can and probably will get you fired...
It's a bit 1984. (Okay maybe a lot bit.) But it's not all bad.
It shouldn't make us scared. It should make us considerate.
Manners are sexy.
We can do better!
Here's the challenge:
For the entire week, keep your posts positive. Show us something beautiful. Share your favorite song. Tell us all about your project. Tell us about what you love. Make us laugh. Teach us something.
If you need a little extra Good Juju Drama Cleansing you can post this picture to your page to smudge it out!
I'll be sharing special content on the Dreamsicle page all week long!
Are you up to the challenge, kittens?
See you in cyberspace, cowboys. XO