Campaign season. What a magical time, amirite? Especially on Facebook. I think we can all agree that political discussions on Facebook are just the best! They're fun, engaging, and really serve as a beautiful example of how educated and respectful we are as a culture.
What's that you say? Political posting on Facebook is the absolute effing worst and makes you want to crawl under a rock and die?
Oh...right. Me, too.
Until this happened.
Last week, I was feeling particularly frustrated about the whole 'meany-face Facebook rant' phenomenon. Don't give me that look, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. So, like any self-respecting Facebook user, I expressed my disdain with lots of capital letters. But I'm a millennial, so I did it, like, ironically.
See? See? Irony. #Bam. (Wait a second--is that irony? I mean...is it? Someone smarter than me please clarify what literary device I'm using here. Alanis Morissette messed me up when I was younger and it's just never been the same.)
But to tell you the truth, that's where I thought it would stop. This blog post isn't a #humblebrag about my own cleverness, because as you can see, that original post itself certainly isn't special enough to blog about.
The glory of this post, like anything horrible on the internet, comes from the comment section.
Like a fantastic, performance-art flashmob, my friends (who are all much more talented than me) proceeded to add their genius in comment...after comment...after juicy, ironic-meta-debate-filled comment. It became a thing of beauty: a recreation of every single political post you've ever seen and ever will see, no matter which party you dance for. And it was totally unintentional! It just happened, like some kind of sparkling social media unicorn!
You know these people. Everyone knows these people. These are the same people who comment on literally every single political post ever.
First, the trolls show up:
Next, of course, certain privilege is abused and/or ignored:
Then, right on cue, members of your own family will join the fray (yes, that's really my mother in this next one--and she's frickin' amazing. Hi, mom!):
And finally, big pharmaceuticals crash the party:
So now you don't ever have to read another politically-charged Facebook rant! Because you've read it right here. This was them. All of them. You're welcome.
My personal favorite? Claire Swinford's "#notalltrolls". Genius.
(PS: Find and follow these creative, funny, talented people at the links: Adam Elliot Davis, Claire Swinford, Maery Simmons, Bryan Dormaier, Isabel Nelson, & Jess Kay Liles. Seriously, go check them all out. They're rad. And if they're reading this: Guys, y'all made me proud.) See the original FB post here.
What was your favorite comment? Any meta/ironic/snarky tidbits you would've added?