Opinion: Political posts on Facebook prove teenager’s naivety

Jason Paras shares why he is annoyed by the lack of educated political opinions on Facebook.

By Jason Paras (Previous Editor-in-Chief) on Monday November 5, 2012

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By Jason Paras | Staff Writer

November 5, 2012

Come election time, American teenagers easily grasp the presidential concept of red versus blue.

However, while being caught in this savage and impassioned form of brawl, these young star-struck dreamers simply fail to comprehend the concept of red, white, and blue.

As is commonly known, there is very little time in the life of the antagonistic teenager–who is ironically constantly searching for the public’s approval–to discuss views of political disputes and insight.

Consequently, because their time at school is being thoughtlessly wasted on the incomprehensible act of gossip, the common teenager’s every “educated” thought and idea is shared online on the world’s largest social media network: Facebook.

Now, for those not blessed with the knowledge of simple politics and to aid the manifestation of my views of rage and criticism addressing the teenage political world, I must state the basics.

California, the state in which I am located year-round, is the most abundant state in America in means of population. Because of this, California has the most electoral “points” at 55, which is determined through the Electoral College system that becomes relevant during the presidential election.

Furthermore, the humble Golden State is also one of the many states who can be unarguably classified as strongly democratic (this year’s democrat representative being President Obama).

Although being quite hypocritical, considering that I myself have been rightfully accused of being a daily Facebook user and am a sixteen-year-old (running the first leg of the twenty-first century), I must note that the more teen Facebook statuses I read, the less hope I have for those of this rising generation. Especially during election time.

Despite the common errors of Facebook posts today, (in which I am ashamed to say “common,” considering these uncomplicated grammatical rules are surely taught in schools beneath the middle school ages), such as the failure to dissect the differences between “their,” “they’re,” and “there,” and “to,” “two,” and “too,” the electoral concepts today’s United States teenagers attempt to share and express over the internet simply gleam lack of thought.

Many may be asking themselves, how can this be explained? How can this absurd notion be put to justice?

However, this hypothesis can be easily justified and conveyed towards you, the audience, through three main points.

To launch-off this nuclear weapon aimed towards the hearts and feelings of the sensitive teenagers of today, I must explain that although many feel differently, simply because one creates an electronic post which will be viewed by hundreds (perhaps even thousands based on how many “friends” obtained on Facebook) doesn’t mean in any way that the writer is creating an educated and cared-upon idea.

To this very day, for some reason far beyond heaven and hell, teenagers insist on portraying their generic perspectives and opinions on presidential matters.

Coincidentally, because of the teen love to fight and rebel, the most popular subject to be elaborated upon through the system of Facebook has been the presidential debates.

Although there are hundreds of professional American news publications with professional reporters focusing on and analyzing the presidential race with exceedingly keen and sophisticated minds (in comparison to those of today’s teenager race), for some unheard of reason these Facebooking teens gather the notion that their “friends” on Facebook respect and even wish to hear a clueless child’s opinion on this delicate subject.

Instead of conveying one’s lack of credibility to their audience of choice, why not simply cite a source?

Cite an article or video backing your opinion. Without any proof, statistics, or expert opinion, why would anyone be swayed by what you say?

Secondly, to the modern adolescent, the more “friends” one possesses on a social media base, the more popularity one has obtained.

Although this is in no way true, as many know, teenage humans are a crazed race. Despite the extremity of this notion, children have even been found to pay for fake Facebook friends to impress their “real” friends.

Now, to get back on track and to direct my incessant rambling towards this article subject, I have interviewed multiple anonymous sources on exactly how they handle these careless Facebook users. All of their responses described the same treatment.

“I just delete them from my friends list, no matter who they are. No one cares what they think.”

Obviously, this type of behavior enrages Facebook users, including myself.

If one tries so extremely hard to gain friends on Facebook–or “popularity tokens” as some would say–why demonstrate one’s ignorance and self-absorbed tendencies online?

Moreover, Facebookers (including myself) naturally clench and wince at the cliche and relentlessly repeated points and opinions thoughtlessly brought up online.

As obvious, it is beyond my adolescent “power” to accurately speak for every Facebook utilizer on the face of the earth. However, I myself am simply searching for posts, ideas and perspectives represented by a strong case of intelligence and originality.

This “law” does NOT include typing up a said quote or sound-bite portrayed through your television and posting it for all of your friends to see.

Now, to speak directly towards these election posters, not only do “your” statuses about the presidential race annoy those supporting the opposing party (which can hardly and shouldn’t be called “your” own conjecture, considering the fact that thus far in my Facebook experience I haven’t yet seen an original idea taking the form of an election based post), but your presidential posts are also an annoyance towards the large “I couldn’t care less” teenage population.

Yes, the actual saying does go, “I couldn’t care less” despite the common American mistake of saying, “I could care less.”

Finally, to bring my verbose rambling to an end (I apologize for the not relative expression of one of my largest pet-peeves), when living in a strictly blue state, the homogenous presidential statements and opinions favoring the blue sea of Obamians simply grows old.

In conjunction, I am completely convinced that if I were a resident of a strictly republican dedicated state (Utah, Idaho, or Wyoming), I would have the same feelings toward those posting a plethora of repetitive Romney supporting electronically distributed statuses.

The fact is simple: monotonous statements being repeated over and over again will annoy the public.

These Facebook posts also have the overwhelming tendency to seem quite whiny and immature.

More importantly, these posts clearly illuminate the fact that one is not thinking to work across the aisle for the best of America, but sees the opposite party as in a completely different category of American.

When the election season comes around the corner, America’s focus should be to elect the president who will revive America to its former greatness. Not to elect the president of whom represents your “side.”

Likewise, political followers: If you wish to soup-up the undecided voter’s view of your political party and present your color as professional and developed, I would think your go-to strategy would be to bestow yourself towards your readers at the same.

For those of my readers unable to comprehend my paragraph above, I’ll be short and to the point.

If you presidential opinion displayers wish to make your party look good, act good.

Fifth grade spelling and grammatical errors will not be viewed as intelligent by the public. Neither will directly repeating common political sayings being widely used as a weapon against the opposing candidate.

So, to bring this article to its end, although the scholastic system urges writers to form a call-to-action in their writings, I must take an educational turn.

Unless it’s written in red ink on your list of intentions to either 1) harass, provoke, and perhaps even lose your Facebook friends 2) prove your single-minded angle of perspective and representation or 3) present yourself and your presidential party as immature and uneducated, completely cease your tendency to express political views to your acquaintances on Facebook.

Jason Paras
Previous Editor-in-Chief - jparas14@thechargeraccount.org
Jason Paras -- the Charger Account Editor in Chief -- is participating in his third year as a member of the Charger Account. In his spare time, Jason is a competitive singer and songwriter who was recently named the no. 1, 17 and under solo vocalist in California.

There are 2 comments on Opinion: Political posts on Facebook prove teenager’s naivety:

Dalton Mitchell on November 5, 2012 at 8:28 PM PDT

a lot of America is highly uneducated, not just teens. thats why it would be a bad idea to make voting mandatory. Society is more messed up than we all think

Lacy on November 6, 2012 at 7:38 AM PDT

Nice article and the points you make are not just true for teens, but adults as well. However, be careful. Site when referring to a source is short for the word citation and is spelled cite.

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