Facebook you are totally blowing my mind right now. The trials and tribulations are really more than Days of Our Lives ever had to offer. Just saw an ad for DOOL and apparently Bo & Hope's marriage is under siege again. I mean come ON!
There are old acquaintances you agree to "friend" on Facebook and then you (at least I do) get sucked into piecing together the big picture of their lives from shards of information they (and sometimes their commenters) share. Maybe it is the culmination of our overexposure - from the paparazzi and media delving into once dark corners of celebrities and "15 minutes of fame" types that compels the oversharing.
I just read both Julie Powell's reaction to critics and Sarah Palin's Op-Ed on the environment and I continue to be amazed and impressed that in the world of the web everyone is entitled to (as they say) everyone else's opinions. The media has started linking the fame seekers as though they were part of a group. (How long until there is a syndrome?) I don't know how many news reports about the Salahi gate crashers I saw that featured footage of the Balloon Boy family, the theme being what lengths people will go to for microfame... and the chance at actual fame, even if it's not for some noteworthy achievement.
But Facebook is as much about figuring things out for yourself and documenting them, for yourself and whoever pauses while scanning over your post, as it is about declaring who you are. I've said before that I'm glad I grew up when I did and we had as much web as we did but not what we have now. I am sure this makes me as antiquated as the grocery store check writer (Seriously, at least use your debit card!) I would not have wanted to have high school on the social network. It was already such a complex world, add in friending, de-friending, and relationship changes right there in black and white and that is hell as far as I can tell. And college oh my.
I am silently (and sometimes not so silently by "liking") cheering news that several schoolmates and friends are working on their degrees past 21. I'm stunned how much the children they now have look like the friends I once knew. I'm rooting for the people going through the tough times. Elle Kasey is overanalyzing Facebook.