I’ve been watching people for months complain about how tired they are of all the bickering about politics, gun control, gay rights, women’s rights, and all the other topics that divide people like the Hatfields and McCoys. I’m right there with you, I’m sick of watching people tear each other apart on Facebook and Twitter over current events, though I consider it the cost of doing business on social media. Generally, I look the other way and ignore the barrage of complaints about complainers. Now I’m about to complain and, trust me, I get how meta that is.
Let’s talk for a minute about the truckload comments I’ve seen on Facebook and Twitter in the last few days carrying on about the “stupid” Super Bowl and why won’t people just shut up about it already? Let me get this straight. For 6 or 7 hours once a year, people all across the nation get together and communally view a sporting event during which they laugh, joke, and have fun picking over plays, calls, and ads — and this is a problem? Millions of people having a good time interacting with each other in person and online (sometimes simultaneously), bonding over mushy commercials or a great touchdown, and this is something to be irritated about?
Explain to me as if I were five why this is an issue, because I just don’t get it.
We are a highly divided nation right now and there is a lot of shouting about some very serious issues confronting our country. Last night was a chance for people to come together over a shared experience whose outcome has no lasting effects on our lives. It was a chance to collectively banter about frivolous entertainment and set aside the differences that cause so much consternation the other 364 days of the year. It was a chance to have large-scale, harmless fun — something I daresay is in short supply these days. Incredibly, I saw numerous sanctimonious comments from people yesterday (and in the days leading up to the Super Bowl) essentially suggesting that game viewers were ruining their social media and weekend experience. You have got to be kidding me.
There are plenty of TV or movie events throughout the year during which my Twitter feed blows up with all kinds of references and excitement. Most of the time, I don’t know or even much care what the context is, but I can’t imagine deriding a whole group of people for having fun together. If it gets too noisy, I simply shut off Twitter or Facebook because, guess what, it really is that easy.
If you spend time kvetchng on social media about how sick and tired you are of watching people duke it out over current events and then turn around and complain when they come together over one, I really have to wonder what your exact problem is. I have a few theories, but that’s probably a topic for another time. For now, I’d just like to point out the irony of complaining when people bicker, and then complaining when they stop for a few hours to have some harmless fun.
I’m going to end this now and go watch some of the ads and plays I missed last night while I was hanging out with friends — some of whom can’t agree on the color of the sky on most days — and having a blast. I may or may not tweet about my observations. If musing about such silliness is too much for you to deal with (would you prefer I start screeching about LGBT rights? Didn’t think so.), let me suggest this or this.
As you were.