Betty wrote about her normie husband the other day, and that got me thinking because I’m married to a political normie, too. She’s a liberal/progressive Democrat who doesn’t follow politics much, though she hates Trump with the passion of a thousand flaming suns. Anyway, she grew up in the Dakotas, like me. Unlike me, she’s on Facebook, and she has a lot of relatives and friends back where we grew up. Most of them are, naturally, conservative, and some of them are rabid.
Our conversations have two themes: decoding and lamenting. By “decoding”, I mean trying to figure out the genesis of whatever horseshit story is being pushed on Facebook that day. That mostly happened earlier this year when some of her connections were pushing right wing bullshit that you can only understand if you spend hours watching Fox at night. We moved to the lamentations after the election, when her connects began spouting theories about non-existent election fraud.
She made a good point the other day — she’s not the only liberal or centrist Democrat (or even centrist Republican) among her connections. Yet, she noted, nobody (including her) says anything as the most feral morons on her feed push out their hot garbage. The reason is probably obvious to any of you, but engaging with these folks just encourages them, and it’s an exhausting, pointless exercise. Still, I’m sure at one point these idiots got some pushback, and Facebook’s algorithm dutifully recorded that as “engagement” and trained itself to prefer the kind of language present in their posts. Since that algorithm earns Mark Zuckerberg a lot of money, it’s natural that this is position on Steve Bannon:
Mark Zuckerberg told an all-staff meeting that Steve Bannon has not violated enough policies to be suspended from Facebook. Bannon suggested in a now-removed video that FBI Director Christopher Wray and Dr. Anthony Fauci should be beheaded. https://t.co/8dIPbyDNKG
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) November 12, 2020
The results of the election show that shithead Trump worshipers is a growing group, and Facebook is a huge part of the reason. I know this is obvious to us, but my normie believes it, so maybe some kind of regulation of Facebook would be accepted by normies in addition to those of us who are more engaged.