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The Trayvon Martin verdict: a great chance to pump up your Facebook stats

by | 17th, July 2013

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SOMETHING darkling that’s been simmering on Facebook for a long time now boiled over last weekend, once news broke that George Zimmerman was deemed legally blameless for killing Trayvon Martin. So I’ll say it if nobody else will: these passive-aggressive like-whoring posts (similar to link-whoring, only with thrice the obnoxiousness) need to stop.

You’ve surely seen the kind of posts I’m talking about. “Hitler and the Nazis were evil racist bastards. ‘Like’ this post if you agree!” Or, even worse: “’Share’ if you agree!” The implication, of course, is: “If you don’t like or share my post you clearly oppose its premise, you goose-stepping Nazi scum you.”

Nary a week passes without my being challenged to prove my status as a moral person by clicking next to a stylized blue thumb, which I always refuse to do because no matter what actual words are typed there, my brain interprets them as “Click ‘like’ to prove you’re a sucker for transparent manipulation techniques, in addition to confirming your disapproval of Hitler.”

So what has this to do with Zimmerman and Martin? The verdict was big news in Britain, and huge news in America.

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