After watching the latest episode of South Park called ‘You have zero friends’ (re-corrected the link in Jan 2013 and I apologize for the insane number of commercials) and after I stopped laughing myself sick, I began to understand a little more about Facebook as a site and as a persona and why it’s so popular among the younger set. It’s actually just another hi-tech tool by which young kids can drive each other crazy and become ever increasingly more isolated.
Take the character in this series named Kip Drordy who has no Facebook friends. I can sure relate to Kip and other like him. In High School there was the ‘in crowd’ which was pretty much everyone else but me and the ‘out crowd’ which was, well…me. Back in those days walking home from school by yourself or sitting in the back of the bus on an otherwise empty seat was just about all you had to endure when the ‘wand of popularity’ passed you by. Today, however, if you are an outcast, it is all too apparent by the number of friends you have on Facebook. It’s also a visible figure that is broadcast and updated by the nanosecond all across the internet. I’m not sure what the cutoff number is. I think if you’re below a hundred friends you’re pretty much a loser (my Facebook friend count is close to zero). Well, so be it. I’m still happy and wandering about the world…
A note for viewers in 2013 – South Park (as a site) has now succumbed to horrendous and overwhelming commercial inserts into their series segments. So much so, that they call into question a viewers intelligence. For my part, any company that appears there will be placed on a ‘no buy’ list that I have posted on my fridge. Have a great day and try to enjoy this clip while understanding that the media considers you all morons!
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Thanks for the kind words – we are, after all, in this mess together….sigh..