"Social network" -- Boy, Talk about an oxymoron! Well, I just spent much too much time trying to remove a re-post from my news feed on my mobile app. I don't know which is more frustrating -- that the re-post infuriated me in the first place or that I spent all that time trying to 'hide' it.
In the end, I simply deleted the gosh darn application.
Which brings me to my main point -- there is no such thing as genuine publicity anymore. "Genuine publicity" -- Another oxymoron, you say? Allow me to explain.
Back in the days of old Hollywood, of Joan Crawford and Clark Gable and Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, celebrities had to work for attention. They had to get off their glamorous arses and: have an affair; wreck a home; get married; have a baby or adopt one; get involved with a bar brawl or a cat fight; join up and fight in a war; get divorced. And then they had to do it all over again. This took real work.
Even today, a few wannabes work for their quasi-celebrity status by singing (or not), racing around the world, and getting themselves knocked off of a puffy obstacle course. Heck, even Honey Boo Boo and her mom, June, schlepp off to kiddie beauty pageants. This also requires a modicum of physical exertion.
But most 'celebrities' today are just LAZY. They sit behind a keyboard or a keypad and, taking their cue from even lazier 'journalists' they cut-and-past, share, re-blog, like, and follow. They flood the abhorred vacuum known as cyberspace.
And then they pat themselves on the back (which they do so well) because they are now the social conscience of an internet populated by teen pop star fangirls who scream, "Please follow me!" We are subjected to pearls of un-wisdom from unfunny comedians and washed up sci-fi stars (who never really were stars in the first place).
Meanwhile, people with something important to say are lost in the morass. If you post more than three or four times a day, I will unfollow you. If a Pope or a former Secretary of State can keep their posts to a minimum, so can you. If you 'share' something simply because everyone else is, I will either hide: a. your post, or b. YOU.
In the end, if I had any backbone I would simply delete my account.