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20 Nov 2012 09:40 AM   |   9030 clicks   |   Salon
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Englebert Slaptyback     

Facebook has become America's favorite "disaster" show


Sad tag? I can only assume the Obvious tag simply exploded into many small pieces from the sheer obvious obviousity and obviousness.

20 Nov 2012 09:31 AM
Mixolydian Master     
What Facebook disasters may look like

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It's down to me and a goatherding 12 year old boy in Bangladesh that don't have Facebook.

20 Nov 2012 09:32 AM
CapeFearCadaver    [TotalFark]  

Mixolydian Master: What Facebook disasters may look like


Oooo, more of these please! It's slow up at the office this week, bored.

Also, speaking as someone who deleted my hardly used FB account last month, I'm getting a kick.

20 Nov 2012 09:37 AM
HotWingConspiracy     
Turn off your farking computer, lady.

20 Nov 2012 09:39 AM
SweetSaws     
To see lots and lots of facebook fails: Failbooking

It helps to have lots of rednecks, baby mama drama, and generally people with lack of self-control on your friend list too.

20 Nov 2012 09:39 AM
doczoidberg     
I love to watch someone lose it on Facebook as their life goes down the tubes.
For some reason, these idiots always end up becoming God freaks when it's all over...until they melt down again.

20 Nov 2012 09:42 AM
Pontious Pilates     
A friend from college has been slowly melting down in Facebook over the last year or so. We've all attempted to get him the help he needs. Seems he has been diagnosed with some sort of mental illness, can't be unsupervised with his kid, etc. Sadly, short of being arrested and forcibly detained, if he's not willing to admit he needs help, he ain't gonna get it.

But I'd be lying if I said it wasn't darkly fascinating to watch unfold. He's very open on Facebook about his proclivities (fat chick pr0n), paranoias (KKK burning crosses across the street) and political beliefs (fark tha police, legalize pot, Obama will help me get custody of my kid back).

/We all feed
//On tragedy
///It's like blood to a vampire

20 Nov 2012 09:43 AM
Freakin Rican     

Mixolydian Master: What Facebook disasters may look like

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It's down to me and a goatherding 12 year old boy in Bangladesh that don't have Facebook.


please i never had facebook and never will. rather waste my time on fark.
even my 20yo son deleted his account cause that site is a disaster.

20 Nov 2012 09:44 AM
Stone Meadow     
So, "BFF" now means Best Facebook Friend, eh?

/not on FB

20 Nov 2012 09:45 AM
Bacontastesgood     

SweetSaws: To see lots and lots of facebook fails:


The first page at least is 20% typos and 80% people trying to be clever. Not a single FAIL of the quality already posted here. :(

20 Nov 2012 09:48 AM
Mixolydian Master     

CapeFearCadaver: Mixolydian Master: What Facebook disasters may look like

Oooo, more of these please! It's slow up at the office this week, bored.

Also, speaking as someone who deleted my hardly used FB account last month, I'm getting a kick.


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Meh, it's early. I can find better ones.

20 Nov 2012 09:50 AM
A Terrible Human     

Pontious Pilates: But I'd be lying if I said it wasn't darkly fascinating to watch unfold. He's very open on Facebook about his proclivities (fat chick pr0n), paranoias (KKK burning crosses across the street) and political beliefs (fark tha police, legalize pot, Obama will help me get custody of my kid back).

/We all feed
//On tragedy
///It's like blood to a vampire


It's the same reason people watch trashy reality tv and live car chases. They want to see people get hurt or fail spectacularly without all that icky emotional involvement and it's even better if it's strangers.

/I need to watch things die
//From a good safe distance

20 Nov 2012 09:50 AM
Onkel Buck    [TotalFark]  

CapeFearCadaver: Mixolydian Master: What Facebook disasters may look like

Oooo, more of these please! It's slow up at the office this week, bored.

Also, speaking as someone who deleted my hardly used FB account last month, I'm getting a kick.


Lamebook

20 Nov 2012 09:51 AM
66dude     
It's been a guilty pleasure for me watching one of my friends simply be totally unable to figure out how she is farking over her own life, and I've known this person for more than 15 years. She is the same now as she was then, with an attraction toward bad black boys, popping out a couple of biracial kids, watching their daddies go to jail, asking the same "Why me?!" question over and over again, expecting different answers each time, answers she would like to hear but never getting those answers. I hate what's happening to her, but I just can't look away. It makes my life seem much better compared to hers, and that's just bad for me to feel that way, but I can't help it.

So yeah... Facebook is just the manifestation of everything that is wrong with our society, and maybe a few things that are right.

20 Nov 2012 09:53 AM
Dr Dreidel     
Another reason "basic computing/internet skills" should be taught at age 12, the year before kids are allowed to sign up for shiat online.

// why is everyone laughing like that?
// I didn't say they didn't, I just said they weren't allowed to
// while we're at it, throw in a few lies about cyber-bullying (aka War on Drugs propaganda, like "Every 12 seconds, a child JUST LIKE YOU commits suicide because of cyberbullying", "The penalties in [this state] for cyberbullying are 20 years in prison, followed by hard labor and your life will BE RUINED FOREVER")

20 Nov 2012 09:57 AM
TappingTheVein     
It's called schadenfreude.

20 Nov 2012 09:58 AM
BronyMedic     
Simple Rules for Facebook:

1) Do not post ANYTHING about your job, or what you are doing currently on it. Don't even be vague. (Ex: Hey, you guys know a good place to eat in X town? I'm headed there with a patient now.)
2) Do not post ANYTHING that could remotely be considered a HIPAA violation. That even includes liking other facebook friend's posted photos of their own family from your work.
3) Do not post ANYTHING about your personal feelings about a coworker. Actually, you know what? Some things are better kept to yourself.
4) Don't post racist, homophobic, sexist, or politically offensive material. If you have fringe or conspiracy beliefs, keep them to yourself.
5) Always remember the first amendment protects you from the Government arresting you for your beliefs. It doesn't protect your employer from firing your ass for being stupid.

20 Nov 2012 09:59 AM
66dude     

BronyMedic: Simple Rules for Facebook:

1) Do not post ANYTHING about your job, or what you are doing currently on it. Don't even be vague. (Ex: Hey, you guys know a good place to eat in X town? I'm headed there with a patient now.)
2) Do not post ANYTHING that could remotely be considered a HIPAA violation. That even includes liking other facebook friend's posted photos of their own family from your work.
3) Do not post ANYTHING about your personal feelings about a coworker. Actually, you know what? Some things are better kept to yourself.
4) Don't post racist, homophobic, sexist, or politically offensive material. If you have fringe or conspiracy beliefs, keep them to yourself.
5) Always remember the first amendment protects you from the Government arresting you for your beliefs. It doesn't protect your employer from firing your ass for being stupid.


My workplace recently UNblocked Facebook. This should end well.

20 Nov 2012 10:00 AM
The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men     

BronyMedic: Simple Rules for Facebook:

1) Do not post ANYTHING about your job, or what you are doing currently on it. Don't even be vague. (Ex: Hey, you guys know a good place to eat in X town? I'm headed there with a patient now.)
2) Do not post ANYTHING that could remotely be considered a HIPAA violation. That even includes liking other facebook friend's posted photos of their own family from your work.
3) Do not post ANYTHING about your personal feelings about a coworker. Actually, you know what? Some things are better kept to yourself.
4) Don't post racist, homophobic, sexist, or politically offensive material. If you have fringe or conspiracy beliefs, keep them to yourself.
5) Always remember the first amendment protects you from the Government arresting you for your beliefs. It doesn't protect your employer from firing your ass for being stupid.


FTFY.

20 Nov 2012 10:04 AM
CapeFearCadaver    [TotalFark]  

Onkel Buck: Lamebook


Yeah... that was pretty Lame....

20 Nov 2012 10:04 AM
JackieRabbit     
Schadenfreude. How's that work again?

20 Nov 2012 10:04 AM
Mad Scientist     
Wow. My facebook friends are a pretty tame group compared to all that. A couple of tiresome Jesus freaks. A couple who hate their job. And one or two "Daily affirmation photo" freaks. Other than that, not too much of interest.

20 Nov 2012 10:04 AM
Dahnkster     
My Facebook 'guilty pleasure' is watching most of the fundamentalist evangelicals I know, slowly lose their minds. One or two of them have successful marriages and go on to raise nice families and lead a normal, middle-class existence. But other than the crackheads and trailer trash, it is this singular group that has proven to be the poorest educated, most racist and the undoubtedly the most ignorant group of people that I know. A few rely partially on some government assistance, but in the majority of cases, most are solely dependent on the medical, educational and social service programs that are all 100% government sponsored. They decry the perceived abuses of the 'welfare queens' and champion the causes of the the super wealthy. It is ALWAYS the ultra-religious wingnut that white knights for anti-union, cutting pensions and worker benefits even if it is THEIR OWN benefits and retirement funds their 'conservative' representatives have targeted. I've said it before, but these people are so stupid, they would stand in line all day, for beheading, if their preacher or local official told them it was 'God's Will'.

20 Nov 2012 10:05 AM
Onkel Buck    [TotalFark]  

CapeFearCadaver: Onkel Buck: Lamebook

Yeah... that was pretty Lame....


Yah the name kinda gives it away!

20 Nov 2012 10:06 AM
sodomizer     
You guys use your real names on Facebook?

WTF

Trusting fools! ;)

20 Nov 2012 10:08 AM
Pontious Pilates     

A Terrible Human: Pontious Pilates: But I'd be lying if I said it wasn't darkly fascinating to watch unfold. He's very open on Facebook about his proclivities (fat chick pr0n), paranoias (KKK burning crosses across the street) and political beliefs (fark tha police, legalize pot, Obama will help me get custody of my kid back).

/We all feed
//On tragedy
///It's like blood to a vampire

It's the same reason people watch trashy reality tv and live car chases. They want to see people get hurt or fail spectacularly without all that icky emotional involvement and it's even better if it's strangers.

/I need to watch things die
//From a good safe distance


Yeah, I hate all that reality TV/car chase crap, but I get what you're saying. That this is someone I know fairly well (but haven't had much contact with in 10+ years) makes it all the more compelling. A group of our college circle of friends (including mental health and law enforcement professionals) have genuinely tried to get him the help he needs, but he's just not in the headspace to know what's best for him. I'm 600 miles away, but those who live closer have had to deal with him randomly showing up, being weird around families and generally making everyone uncomfortable and fearful for their safety.

So we just kind of have to watch. Marriage destroyed, no job, constant facebook posts about getting high, his emails to the president re: his custody issues and eating cookie dough.

/You all need it too, don't lie

20 Nov 2012 10:08 AM
BronyMedic     

66dude: BronyMedic: Simple Rules for Facebook:

1) Do not post ANYTHING about your job, or what you are doing currently on it. Don't even be vague. (Ex: Hey, you guys know a good place to eat in X town? I'm headed there with a patient now.)
2) Do not post ANYTHING that could remotely be considered a HIPAA violation. That even includes liking other facebook friend's posted photos of their own family from your work.
3) Do not post ANYTHING about your personal feelings about a coworker. Actually, you know what? Some things are better kept to yourself.
4) Don't post racist, homophobic, sexist, or politically offensive material. If you have fringe or conspiracy beliefs, keep them to yourself.
5) Always remember the first amendment protects you from the Government arresting you for your beliefs. It doesn't protect your employer from firing your ass for being stupid.

My workplace recently UNblocked Facebook. This should end well.


A certain healthcare system in our area fired 19 NURSES (which takes an act of god, Normally) because of facebook shenanigans. Those nurses had their careers destroyed simply because they "liked" a facebook post that was a HIPAA violation.

If you've never gone through a HIPAA accusation or investigation, it's almost as scary as the law showing up and saying you're a person of interest. Having Medicare program exclusion hung over your head is humbling.

20 Nov 2012 10:09 AM
Barfmaker    [TotalFark]  
I need more exciting friends I guess. Stuff on my FB is almost always funny, interesting or thought provoking. Everyone I know seems to be fairly well balanced, doing well and generally happy.

Is it a Canadian thing?

20 Nov 2012 10:12 AM
roc6783     
Hi, I'm a humorless twunt, you may remember me from such pieces as "It's not stalking if I only do it in my head" and "Why nature shows that have animal tearing each other apart are the best". Feel free to read this look inside my demented psyche so you can feel better about being a humorless twunt too!

20 Nov 2012 10:12 AM
T.M.S.     

BronyMedic: Simple Rules for Facebook:

1) Do not post ANYTHING about your job, or what you are doing currently on it. Don't even be vague. (Ex: Hey, you guys know a good place to eat in X town? I'm headed there with a patient now.)


Unless of course your FB page is entirely about your job.

20 Nov 2012 10:13 AM
roc6783     

doczoidberg: I love to watch someone lose it on Facebook as their life goes down the tubes.
For some reason, these idiots always end up becoming God freaks when it's all over...until they melt down again.


See, was that so hard? DO IT FOR THE LULZ!!!

20 Nov 2012 10:13 AM
DMZ DEATH     

Mixolydian Master: What Facebook disasters may look like





It's down to me and a goatherding 12 year old boy in Bangladesh that don't have Facebook.


No, youre not alone. I deleted my account ( although it never deletes). Im convinced of Facebooks evil. Ive seen people divorce over it, familys' stop talking to eachother, ive even had a girlfriend cheat with a guy she was talking to on there. All the shady info stealing scams on there. And just wait until the facial recognition software they have is up and fully functional. Gonna love being "tagged" in some random persons photo that you just happen to be in the backround of. I just feel alot better about life being unplugged from that crap.

20 Nov 2012 10:14 AM
orbister     

66dude: My workplace recently UNblocked Facebook. This should end well.


Perhaps they are planning to thin out the staff a bit?

20 Nov 2012 10:15 AM
Dr Dreidel     

BronyMedic: A certain healthcare system in our area fired 19 NURSES (which takes an act of god, Normally) because of facebook shenanigans. Those nurses had their careers destroyed simply because they "liked" a facebook post that was a HIPAA violation.

If you've never gone through a HIPAA accusation or investigation, it's almost as scary as the law showing up and saying you're a person of interest. Having Medicare program exclusion hung over your head is humbling.


Having been through several HIPAA trainings myself (not as a nurse), WTF was that a picture of, and how stupid was it of them to 'like' a potential HIPAA violation (how obvious a violation was it)?

I can understand if a nurse was a friend to a patient, and there was a pic of them in the hospital room (i.e. the nurse, in uniform, in the nurse's place of employment, in the patient's room during the patient's stay) on FB, liking that would likely be a violation. No one's that dumb, though, right? Especially not nurses?

// was once told I'm not allowed to converse with patients in any language other than English
// they framed it as a HIPAA violation, but I think that was to keep him from getting attached

20 Nov 2012 10:18 AM
trappedspirit     
This is a story about a woman named Paula. That's not even her real name,...

Not even?

20 Nov 2012 10:20 AM
roc6783     

BronyMedic: Simple Rules for Facebook:

1) Do not post ANYTHING


Fixed

20 Nov 2012 10:21 AM
CJHardin    [TotalFark]  
This went down the day after the election when my friend Tiffany put up a friendly post saying essentially that since the election is over that it is time to work together to help one another. The Maylee girl comes in and starts the whole "welfare queens are taking my money" herpy derp butthurt routine about people who voted for Obama.

It's kinda long, but I got a kick out of it.

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20 Nov 2012 10:21 AM
Sentient     
This is pretty much how I use FB. I have an account, but really only use it to share pics/vacation photos, and I hardly every post a status.

I do check it every couple days though, just to remind myself what a wreck my life might have been if I were a short-sighted idiot. YOLO!

20 Nov 2012 10:21 AM
CapeFearCadaver    [TotalFark]  

DMZ DEATH: I just feel alot better about life being unplugged from that crap.


Yep. When I did have it, it was only actual friends; you know, people I see on an at least monthly basis... most updates were "band playing a show here on this date" or "here's funny story/picture about my kid"... the drama was people updating ME through the email portion about the crazy crap my psycho ex was posting on his FB. Um, guys, unless he actually threatens to kill me I really don't want to know anything about how horribly he's farked up his life. I don't care.

That and the other ex who wouldn't stop trying to get back together with me.

20 Nov 2012 10:22 AM
roc6783     

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: BronyMedic:

FTFY.


Late as usual, like your mom's period. boom.

20 Nov 2012 10:22 AM
Random Discord     

DMZ DEATH: Mixolydian Master: What Facebook disasters may look like

It's down to me and a goatherding 12 year old boy in Bangladesh that don't have Facebook.

No, youre not alone. I deleted my account ( although it never deletes). Im convinced of Facebooks evil. Ive seen people divorce over it, familys' stop talking to eachother, ive even had a girlfriend cheat with a guy she was talking to on there. All the shady info stealing scams on there. And just wait until the facial recognition software they have is up and fully functional. Gonna love being "tagged" in some random persons photo that you just happen to be in the backround of. I just feel alot better about life being unplugged from that crap.


Never had one, never will.

20 Nov 2012 10:23 AM
A Terrible Human     

Pontious Pilates: So we just kind of have to watch. Marriage destroyed, no job, constant facebook posts about getting high, his emails to the president re: his custody issues and eating cookie dough.


I'm sorry but the thought of a random crazy guy sending Obama emails about eating cookie dough is kinda funny in a sad sort of way.

20 Nov 2012 10:24 AM
Bullseyed     

CapeFearCadaver: Mixolydian Master: What Facebook disasters may look like

Oooo, more of these please! It's slow up at the office this week, bored.

Also, speaking as someone who deleted my hardly used FB account last month, I'm getting a kick.


You can't delete Facebook accounts, so we know you're lying...

20 Nov 2012 10:26 AM
Bullseyed     

Pontious Pilates: A friend from college has been slowly melting down in Facebook over the last year or so. We've all attempted to get him the help he needs. Seems he has been diagnosed with some sort of mental illness, can't be unsupervised with his kid, etc. Sadly, short of being arrested and forcibly detained, if he's not willing to admit he needs help, he ain't gonna get it.

But I'd be lying if I said it wasn't darkly fascinating to watch unfold. He's very open on Facebook about his proclivities (fat chick pr0n), paranoias (KKK burning crosses across the street) and political beliefs (fark tha police, legalize pot, Obama will help me get custody of my kid back).

/We all feed
//On tragedy
///It's like blood to a vampire


Sounds like the typical Obama voter. Scary to consider people like that are the ones picking our politicians, but not surprising when you look at the body of work our government puts out.

20 Nov 2012 10:28 AM
CapeFearCadaver    [TotalFark]  

Bullseyed: You can't delete Facebook accounts, so we know you're lying...


Meh. Deactivated. But go ahead and call me a liar if that makes you feel better :)

20 Nov 2012 10:29 AM
Barfmaker    [TotalFark]  

CapeFearCadaver: Bullseyed: You can't delete Facebook accounts, so we know you're lying...

Meh. Deactivated. But go ahead and call me a liar if that makes you feel better :)


You can delete your account.

Link

20 Nov 2012 10:32 AM
Seraphym     
I (usually) prefer the ones that happen in an alternate universe:

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20 Nov 2012 10:32 AM
Pants full of macaroni!!    [TotalFark]  

Mixolydian Master: It's down to me and a goatherding 12 year old boy in Bangladesh that don't have Facebook.


Wow, apparently I'm a 12 year old Desi goatherd. Who knew?

20 Nov 2012 10:32 AM
Latinwolf     
CapeFearCadaver: Bullseyed: You can't delete Facebook accounts, so we know you're lying...

Meh. Deactivated. But go ahead and call me a liar if that makes you feel better :)


So you're claiming that you didn't know there's a difference between deactivated and deleted?

20 Nov 2012 10:33 AM
Bullseyed     

Dahnkster: My Facebook 'guilty pleasure' is watching most of the fundamentalist evangelicals I know, slowly lose their minds. One or two of them have successful marriages and go on to raise nice families and lead a normal, middle-class existence. But other than the crackheads and trailer trash, it is this singular group that has proven to be the poorest educated, most racist and the undoubtedly the most ignorant group of people that I know. A few rely partially on some government assistance, but in the majority of cases, most are solely dependent on the medical, educational and social service programs that are all 100% government sponsored. They decry the perceived abuses of the 'welfare queens' and champion the causes of the the super wealthy. It is ALWAYS the ultra-religious wingnut that white knights for anti-union, cutting pensions and worker benefits even if it is THEIR OWN benefits and retirement funds their 'conservative' representatives have targeted. I've said it before, but these people are so stupid, they would stand in line all day, for beheading, if their preacher or local official told them it was 'God's Will'.


So what you're saying is that the people who use welfare don't want welfare and the solution to this is socialism and more welfare?

20 Nov 2012 10:33 AM
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