Just when you thought political apathy couldn’t get any worse, there’s now Unpolitic.me, a Chrome app that can be installed to remove politics from your FB and Twitter feeds permanently––by replacing it with photos of cats.
Facebook and Twitter provide us with great tools and opportunities for engaging in valuable and meaningful dialogue with the people in our social networks, however it seems many people are instead preferring to choose political ignorance and cute photos of kittens.
Last time I checked, a friend was someone who was interested in what I had to say, and vice versa….regardless of whether or not we were in agreement. I want to engage in discussions with my friends. I value friends who can teach me things I don’t know, and in turn value the knowledge I can share with them. This is what my social network means to me, this is what it means to me to be part of my community.
So, how is it that social networks making us censor ourselves and others? What has happened to this so called era of global citizenship that the internet promised us?