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You may not know me from Adam, but he’s a friend of a friend of a friend of mine who who works with a friend of your mom.

me shots 2012 008When I set up my Facebook Page about six years ago, like you, I skimmed through the features and the rules.  “Yeah, okay, I agree,” and boom, Bob’s your uncle. I’m a multi-platform, social media-ist.

Then life resumed, I set the alarm for 2-are-you-kidding me-45 in the morning, and didn’t pay all that much attention to my Facebook pages, either the professional or the private one. I checked in on the weekends, sometimes, occasionally, okay, practically never..

Fast forward to recently, when I discover a feature you probably know quite well already. It’s the one in which people can request to be your friend.

Yes. Dork alert. For years, as a result of being a poor custodian of my Facebook pages, I’ve been unintentionally ignoring/snubbing hundreds, count ’em, hundreds of people.

In an effort to catch up, I’m ruffling through all the names like it’s the list of families to whom you send Christmas cards. Do I know this person?

Because the Seahawks game is about to start, I conclude, heck, with whom would I not want to be friends?

So I just confirmed everybody. Boom. Time for kickoff and I’m now friends with everybody, Including Bob’s uncle, who doesn’t know me from Adam.

Of course you know, and now I do, that the Facebook gang sends messages, suggesting you become friends with your friends’ friends.  And your friends’ friends’ friends. In other words, perfect strangers.

So as of this weekend, I am now FB pals with several local, as well as foreign retailers, holders of political office and the people they defeated in their elections, and at least one dead celebrity, who has yet to reply to my confirmation.

And if you initially saw this post on your FB page and you’re saying to yourself, how the heck did he get onto my page, now you know.

And while I won’t necessarily be offended if you unfriend me because you don’t know me, Adam,or Bob, Heck, we’re practically neighbors at this point. Sign-up for these semi-regular blog posts. I keep them short, no radical politics, and try to be entertaining. Just ask one of my 800 new friends!

Go Seahawks.



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What some people post on Facebook—would they say it to your face?

“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us own our own responsibility for the future.”

Throughout this election year, I must have written a half-dozen blog entries I eventually decided against posting—just because I didn’t want to be accused of crossing the line from observant, neutral journalist to opinionated commentator siding with one candidate over the other.

Even a post I had planned to publish on the Monday evening before the big day, a Kumbaya, conciliatory plea advocating, regardless of the outcome, an end to the political party gamesmanship—even that one I left unpublished (though I regretted it when, on Tuesday night, every network news analyst called for the same thing).

Then I fell off the self-censoring wagon and landed face first in the mud of social media.

On Wednesday, the day after the election, my Facebook friend Kathie posted what I thought was a timeless quote from JFK on the subject of reaching across the aisle. Beneath her post, Sandra commented, referring to President Obama as “Osama.”  I couldn’t help myself. I commented on Sandra’s comment, pointing out that regardless of whether one supports or opposes Mr. Obama, the unnecessary ethnic slur and other name calling only weakens one’s argument as well as credibility.

The next thing I know Sandra and other “friends” participating in the discussion are pouncing on me as if I were a pigeon tossed into a pile of hungry cats. Sandra labeled me a member of the “liberal lame stream media” who can’t put together two words “without a teleprompter.”

Now, I’ve never met Sandra.  She lives in Arizona.  She’s never seen me at work; whereas you have, and if I’ve done my job properly over the past 30 years, you really don’t know my political views. Old school journalists like me take pride in maintaining our neutrality on the air, and often off the air, as well (It can drive friends and spouses nuts!).

But not knowing my work, my politics, or me, didn’t stop Sandra.

Then again, when have you ever seen an Internet comment such as, “You know. You make a good point. I didn’t think of that.  Thank you for pointing that out.”

No. It’s more like “Oh yeah? The last time I checked this is a free country! And your mom has three big toes!”

Two things I’ve learned about social media: Don’t talk politics with your friends on Facebook even if they agree with you, because their friends may not. Also, some people will post things on the Internet they would never say to someone in person.

Nathan Bransford, one of the top pilots in the Blogosphere,  posted about jerks on the Internet. It’s worth your read. You may want to share it with some of your friends…

(BTW. Sixty Minutes put together a good piece on both Republicans and Democrats needing to put aside the interests of their respective parties and look after the interests of the country. Read or watch it here).


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Do you comment?

Tina Corliss Dragoo this weekend posted on the KNDU Facebook Wall, “This page is becoming a bunch of hate mongers.”

Tina I think was responding to a comment I didn’t see personally, but I presume a website manager had deleted (KNDU’s Facebook policy is that all comments are pretty much fair game, except profanity. One *!*X and you get the del button).

99.99 percent of FB Fans are good souls with diversified opinions. It’s just some people are a bit raw in their approach, the cantankerous yet lovable uncle of the family, you might say.  But Tina makes a good point. Or maybe it’s an observation. Tina, like the rest of us, sees through a minority of transparent people whose comments reveal a lot more than their words.

And now, I’d like to comment about commenting.

Occasionally, alright, just about everyday, I’ll read a story on KNDU.com and KNDO.com or another news website (CNN.com is my homepage)and I’m tempted to respond in the comment section. Usually I don’t, however.

First, on the KNDU and KNDO websites, it’s not my role to editorialize or grandstand my opinions. Just because I anchor a newscast doesn’t give my half-baked opinions any more weight than your half-baked opinions. If I have factual information that may add some perspective, then I’ll post. Otherwise, I keep a low profile.

Second, as you have probably noticed, some comments come from people with their minds made up, and nothing is going to change that. Not a change of facts or circumstances (President Obama could cure cancer and some people still wouldn’t support him, while others would back him regardless).

And of course, some comments are ugly, vicious indicators of some people’s hate, prejudice and bigotry (Not so much on our FB or website, but some threads on CNN and other global websites can be downright *!*X scary).  And I don’t want to be part of that. So I don’t comment.

And third, Garrison Keillor once offered this philosophy I try, but too often forget to apply in everyday life: “Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut.”

I have found that bit of quid works best at the dinner table on Thanksgiving. 

Have a good weekend. See you in the morning on Northwest Today.


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