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Shut Your Face(book)!

Attention all Facebook users!  I don't think you're going to change people's opinions with your status comments about health care.  When I was a kid, my dad told me the two subjects you shouldn't really bring up at a dinner party are politics and religion.  He said, "You're not going to change anyone's mind and you'll probably irritate everyone at the party including yourself."  Well said. It seems like pre-Facebook we didn't really know all the political view of our co-workers or our acquaintances.  Maybe that was a good thing.  Now with Facebook in play haven't you been rather suprised by comments (liberal and conservative) by someone you thought you "knew" at your office?  It's created some strange situtations for me and I've watched people get into rather heated discussions about it on Facebook walls.  Is debate a good thing?  Of course, but it doesn't seem like debate.  It seems more like TYPING IN CAPS AND YELLING WITH LINKS AND VIDEOS.  There's no discussion.  It feels like everyone's getting more and more close minded. I never thought I'd miss the days of inane Facebook updates about taking a nap or making a sandwich, but I do!

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