Monday, April 19, 2010

What's the point?

I'm just curious. I saw a group on Facebook, "WE HATE CANCER (help me get over 1,000,000 people to join)." Now, don't get me wrong, I hate cancer; I hate that it is taking my Grandmom B, and I hate that it's taking my wife's Nana. But I don't understand this group: why? What's the point of making a group to "prey" on cancer victims solely for the purpose of getting a group to a 1-million member mark? Am I missing something? There's nothing in the group about "helping" cancer victims, or of raising money to help fund cancer research. The TITLE of the group says "help me get 1,000,000 people to join" - but there's no point, nothing to come of that magic number except one person now has a group with over 1,000,000 people in it. In fact, the "news" of the group has this: "Please help me get over 1,000,000 people to join my group." This "group" - it's just a social virus, with nothing of merit other than perhaps an outlet for people to post something - but they can already do that on Facebook! There's this "status update" thing... ever seen it?

I don't mean to be a downer... but this is frustrating. If all you want is a group with over 1 million members, then do something bizarre, or perhaps useful, but don't prey on those who may be in a point of weakness. It's kind of like "Christian Chain Letters" (or e-mails) - I don't forward those any more than any other chain letter or e-mail (which is to say, almost never). Now, if there's something useful or unique in it, I may forward it to select individuals, but nearly always with my own commentary added.

Totally unrelated, I just tried Blue Diamond Wasabi & Soy Sauce Almonds... quite a unique flavor, actually not bad at all! I may have to get a can to take to work to snack on during the day.

Anyway, if you have a Facebook group that will actually get results toward eradication of cancer, feel free to link it here - I might even join.

I apologize for the tone of this post... this is definitely not like my "regular" posts... hopefully those will return soon. Until then, "a topato."
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1 comment:

Krissy said...

I'm totally with you on that. If I thought the group was doing something to actually help find a cure for cancer, ALS, diabetes, or any other of the numerous problems the world faces I would gladly join.

Mostly, unless the group is under the "Causes" section, I don't join. I did join the ALS Cause -- Jonathan's favorite uncle had ALS and died a few years ago -- because it is doing something to help raise awareness and money.

And as for the content of your posts not being as go-lightly as usual, I think you're allowed. This is your forum to say what you feel like saying. Even when it isn't happy.