The " Socialization " of Politics
Over the last 3 days, I’ve been involved in extremely bitter battle over my constitutional right to express my opinion on a political issue. One would expect this battle to be taking place on a website geared for this type of discussion. For example, the comment page of a political organization, or, some type of political news page that invites reader comments, something of that ilk or, possibly a politically oriented blog page such as this one. However, that is not the case. The battle is being waged on the largest social networking site in the world; Facebook. Why Facebook, one might inquire. Its an easy question to answer. Facebook currently has over 500 million active users. There is no better place to reach that many people literally in an instant. It is easy pickings for political organizations, candidates, political action committees,and politically based news and editorial sites. I’m just as as guilty as everyone I mentioned in the political arena. Why? Its quite simple. I publish articles from this website, ones I write and, ones I get from the political organizations, news pages and so on and so forth that I belong and subscribe to. It gets worse, I have more than a dozen politically oriented sites and organizations on my Facebook profile; any one of which could start a battle at any time over any given issue. The current battle pits me against people who happen to belong to the same political party as I do and, it has been vicious!
I guess my question is, when did a site that was geared toward social connection and friendship, become both a political battlefield and a breeding ground for intolerance?