Facebook and Politics

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Note: None of the doodle people drawn here are meant to represent or look like any particular friends or family members. Most hair and clothing choices were just an attempt to make people look unique.

The last year or so has been eye opening. Not just because of the presidential election, but because there have been SO many hot button issues making their waves through social media. Police shootings, LGBT rights, terrorist attacks (and our responses to), mass shootings, the refugee crisis, planned parenthood…the list goes on and on.

Previously, I could suspect, but I rarely out right knew the different views of those in my community. Now I get continual updates on their latest opinions of current events available right on my phone or computer. Shared videos and news articles and sometimes just the fact of which captioned photos people “like”. Our sense of humors is heavily dependent on our world view after all. (Hidden Brain episode on just that can be found here.)

Honestly, it’s been rough for me. I can’t deny that people I love and respect have vastly different views of the world not only from one another, but from myself–sometimes views that I flat out disagree with. Even when the election is over, I’ll still have to deal with that. I can’t return to ignorance, nor do I except people to let me. Facebook will remain political.

So maybe a comic will help me cope. Maybe not. But I hope some other people can relate to my experience, at least.

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Papyrus

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My proposed explanation for the proliferation of Papyrus in Protestantism:

  • Why not a nondescript font?
    • The perpetrators wants their text to stand out and look more “biblical”
  • Why not a blackletter font, then? Like Old English? or Goudy Text?
    • These are not always as legible and most of these Papyrus infractions are on signage, power point slides, or book covers
    • Being protestant and often emphasizing the authority of the bible over the authority of tradition, they want it to look first-draft biblical. Not part of an illuminated bible in a monastery, but like something hidden in a cave in Israel.
    • On that note then, a fancy script text might strike some as too Catholic while Papyrus in all it’s flaws is at least a bit more denomination-neutral.
  • And thus…

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The Coming Doom

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Neither of our cats like the sound of the garbage disposal and no matter how peacefully they were sleeping a moment before, the sound of it will wake them right up. Grendel becomes a complete blur at the sound, but Fafnir usually takes a wide-eyed and perked-ears moment to assess the problem. Perhaps I’m a bad pet-owner, but I really do love the faces Fafnir pulls when he’s anxious.

 

Accounts

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Sure, I can forward on my emails to one account, but if I had a nickle for every time I jumped over to Books Partner Center only to be prompted to create an account (because I was still logged into my person email) or gone over to gmail and faced the same problem (because I was still logged into my work email account)… well, I could probably only buy a candy bar with my earnings, but it’s still irksome.

I now rely on using multiple internet browsers, keeping Firefox logged on to my work email and Chrome to my personal emails. But, then again I still get plenty of email alerts thinking that I’m some nefarious person hacking my husband’s email when I’m really just sifting it to look for the confirmation email for our car insurance payment…

I also can’t help laughing when Google+ suggests I befriend myself : P

Pronoun

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This idea came to mind after overhearing some of my editor coworkers bemoaning how clunky a blurb on one of their books sounded because they had to rework it without a gender-neutral singular pronoun. Mostly I just wanted to pop up and say “Oh, just use ‘they’ already. Let it be a thing!”

Alas, it is not universally accepted in written American English yet, and especially in academic publishing, I suspect change will come slowly. Let every student enjoy his or her textbook’s resources, I guess…