Bruno Maia, IconTexto http://www.icontexto.com
If your Facebook news feed has been anything like mine this week, you're seeing a lot of talk about the results of Tuesday's elections. Just as important as who won and why, and whether we ought to be more relieved or concerned, it seems, is the stance we are now going to take towards those in our circle of 'Friends' who have offended us in some way or another over the course of the last several months.
In the heat of the political battle, people have been posting links and commentary left and right on things we tend not to discuss too much in 'polite company'. Now that the smoke is beginning to clear, it appears to be time to begin reckoning with what we now think we know about all these people we thought we knew, but now aren't sure that we really want to know.
I have to say that I sympathize with people who once thought 'oh, yeah, I should (be)friend that person' and then are led to think 'you know what, I don't need this'. I have been there, as, I'm sure, many of you have been as well. I wonder, though, about the significance of posts coming in the wake of an election announcing that it's now time to purge certain members from our circle of 'Friends'.