Social media is really retarding people’s ability to not be totally pompous dicks. Remember when people used to accomplish banal, everyday tasks like getting their cars fixed and going to the dentist without telling the 700 people they’re internet friends with about the process? Pouring some out for the good old days.
Oh, you’re at the BMW dealership getting a tune-up? Cool, not only did you bombard us with boring and useless information (Yeezus knows we don’t have enough of that on a daily basis), but you’ve also managed to not-so-covertly remind 700 people that you have a BMW. Which, great, whether or not you worked for it, I hear those are nice cars. But if you’re publicly checking in to the BMW dealership on Facebook, you’re never going to convince me that you’re not doing it at least partly to remind people that you own an expensive car: i.e. you’re a pompous dick.
So, okay, I don’t wanna be a traitor to my generation and all, but it’s a little disturbing to me how even just the general concept of humility is going the way of Friendster, and the gloat factor is off the God damn charts! And we all co-sign it every day by double-tapping that garbagio.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not particularly jealous that you have a BMW nor do I think it’s a silly goal to aspire to. Get your money! Get paid! #riseandgrind or whatever! I just don’t think it’s necessary, attractive or interesting to constantly share your most bawdy desires on a public forum. The quest for wealth and status is as old as society, but has it ever looked this desperate? #tacky
Never before have we been so connected, and I really do think that the ability to communicate with more people than ever can be used for tremendous good. I’m not saying everything you share with the Internet has to be life-changing or profound, but quieting your inner Jordan Belfort would do us all a favor.
Come on, you guys. We can do better than this.