Monday, July 25, 2016

Music Monday - Just Scroll on By

Just scroll on by - but please, not this post.

Thank you, everyone, who commented on my post of Saturday wondering if I should quit Facebook.

I was bemoaning the fact that my Facebook timeline had become a repository of political hate expressed by some of my Facebook friends.  I had, in fact, known some of them for many years and knew them to be decent people.  But this has been a political season, here in the United States, enough to bring out the worst in many.

You all had such helpful comments.  One of you, Lynda Grace, even helped me name today's blog post.  She suggested I "just scroll on by."  Ignore the hate.   Concentrate on the good.
Yes, this one is in my yard
Like this lantana flower cluster, Facebook is a mix of many colors, many opinions, many kinds of people.  It's up to me to curate my Facebook garden if I want to keep from feeling poisoned.

Another blogger, YTSL, reminded me that I majored in cultural anthropology in college.  I remembered, then, my training from so many years ago.  It enabled me to step outside my culture (well, never perfectly, and I never did field work) and examine things more from a distance.

I am still planning to spend a lot less time on Facebook - and doing a lot more blocking and "scrolling on by".  We'll see how it goes.  Already, if I had quit Facebook, I would have missed the news about my last original neighbor from back when I first moved to the neighborhood so many years ago.

I'm so glad I didn't just walk away.

Speaking of walking, since this is music Monday,  here are a couple of walking songs from my childhood.

Walk Like A Man - the Four Seasons

Walk on By - Dionne Warwick

And one from my adulthood - Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves.

Have you decided to Scroll on By on Facebook?

12 comments:

  1. It's an interesting way to deal with comments you can do without. Thank God I only use FB for my blogs and of course to post a rant on the service/consumer product provider I love to hate. Incidentally the Samsung engineer finally came and fixed my TV so life is getting back to normal.

    How come you forgot "These Boots are Meant for Walking"?

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    1. So many songs with walking themes. I wanted to save some for next time. After this week, I suspect there will be a next time.

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  2. You missed the Ventures' "Walk, don't run"....

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    1. I thought of that. It may also be saved for next time.

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  3. American politics has spilled over into Canada as well. A post I made about the tragedy in Munich was completely hijacked and became a thread filled with U.S. political rhetoric. If we feel the effects here, I can only imagine how distasteful it must be in the thick of it. :P "Scroll/walk on by" is a good philosophy! (and tune) My hope is that all eligible U.S. voters will get out there. We here in Canada are waiting with bated breath.

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    1. Will this election shake Americans out of their voter apathy? Or will they only be expressing opinions on Facebook and staying home out of disgust? Only time will tell, and, in a way, I'm happy I can not foretell the future.

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  4. Good set! Here are some others: "Walk Away" (the James Gang), "Walk This Way" (Aerosmith), "Walk On The Wild Side" (Lou Reed), and I see the group has come up with a couple more.

    Like I think I told you, I'm cutting back Facebook to a minimum for a few months. Best to let it just burn out. I always love the little I Can Has Cheezburger? cartoon with a box of cats that says "All right Facebook, election's over. Break out the kittens and get back to work."

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  5. This is why I don't follow many people on FB. Here's hoping things get better soon.

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  6. I have realized how negative and made people gets. Like sane souls say, move away from toxic beings and focus on positive aspects:)

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  7. I'm very much into the political thing, but yes, it's devolving on Facebook...

    Love your playlist.

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  8. Glad you decided to stay on Facebook - AND keep blogging, of course! ;-) Yes, I definitely do the "scroll on by" many posts on Facebook, as well as change some settings in my feed so I see fewer of the upsetting posts.

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  9. I recognize a few of those songs. I do remember the names thou.

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