This morning someone asked if I still felt the same way I did when I wrote the original blog below - and I'm so glad he did (lol - Troy Johnson)!
Overall my feelings have changed very little:
- I am often turned off by the overuse of profanity - especially the F-word - and the many pictures of naked bodies.
- I am still amazed at the way people share pictures of their children and personal information.
- And yes, I continue to be perplexed and somewhat in awe of those people who seem to live in a world where only their opinion counts!
- Most of the food pictures shared nowadays are from the Food Channel and look a lot more appetizing, yet my inner peace continues to be disturbed by the sexually explicit pictures - not because I'm a prude but because my grandchildren are often hovering over my shoulder.
- I continue to be a card carrying member of the Grammer Police and I'm recruiting new members to help bring attention to all of the misspelled words and lack of punctuation.
- I would love to start a movement to buy everyone a dictionary - it would be worth the investment.
On a more serious note - it's never too late for an old dog to learn new tricks and I have learned to love Facebook and Twitter. I have learned that I don't have to comment on everything that crosses my path, and to be happy and that I can use both of these forums to share my agenda with others in a very positive way. For example, the BC (book club) Presidents page that I started on FB has allowed me to share and expand my knowledge of book clubs and to make many new friends.
So please - check out this site to see what I'm doing and what I'm reading, as I continue to push forward my agenda as an advocate for African American authors and literacy! The struggle is real!
For several years I avoided social media - but finally several friends convinced me to join Facebook to help my bookclub - The Reading Divas - promote our annual literary event. So with that in mind - I set up a FB account; then one of the other members agreed to help me with it and to set us up on "Twitter". And yes, social media can be of tremendous help when you want to get the word out about an event!
But somedays I am overwhelmed at the explicit profanity and nakedness on FB.
I am amazed that people post such personal pictures of their children and thereby provide "eye candy"for the perverts among us.
I am dismayed at the total lack of good taste that is often displayed - can't we agree to disagree and still be ladies and gentlemen?
I wonder why people post pictures of food - a lot of which doesn't even look appetizing. And more than that, I wonder why some people think it's acceptable to post graphic, sexually explicit pictures! It can really disturb your inner peace - as you simply try to get a flavor of what's trending that day - to have a picture jump out at you that you can't even describe to your mate or BFF without blushing!
I wonder why people don't read what they write - yes, we all make mistakes but sometimes the grammar is so bad - you really can't figure out the point the writer is trying to make.
I wonder why everyone doesn't have a dictionary at their disposal so that when they give up and want to say "FU" they can use it to find others words to express themselves.
Admittedly - I may be a little too old or out of step when it comes to social media - and though I will continue to use FB - I realize that l also need a different, more personal forum to share those thoughts and ideas that are really near and dear to me.
So please - check out this site from time to see what I'm doing, what the Reading Divas Book Club is reading, and what we're up to as we strive to advocate for this great world of African American Literature!