theadanews.com - Ada, Oklahoma

Editorials

November 11, 2013

Why would anyone leave Facebook?

(Continued)

Ada —

What are memes? Well, memes, broadly defined, constitute roughly 75 percent of everything you see on Facebook. It’s usually a picture containing a smart-alecky slogan like, “Dads Against Dating Daughters — Shoot First and ...” something, something, something. Not interested. Don’t care.

The latest Facebook fad seems to be something called bit strips, which turns scenes from your life into cartoon panels, complete with captions. Give me a break. Adults are doing this? Please.

All of this is to say that, increasingly, I find very little actual reason to be on Facebook, save for one or two meaningful interactions with people whose comments I actually respect. The biggest reason I’m sticking with Facebook (for now) is that I can still maintain reasonable contact with my daughter (although texting is still the easiest way of getting hold of her).

That brings up another point. Kids seem to be abandoning Facebook in droves. Six years ago, my daughter (now 21) was all about Facebook, but today, she hardly ever posts anything. I think the reason teenagers and young adults are bailing on the service is that moms and dads, aunts, uncles and grandparents are Facebook users, too. It just isn’t cool anymore. It’s the place for baby pictures and deer kills and political “humor.” Nothing drives away teens faster than jokes about the government shutdown.

What’ll I do instead of Facebook? Quite possibly, I will start my own blog. I would like to get a little more creative on the Internet, but Facebook isn’t the place for creativity. It is the documentary of our lives. The problem is that it isn’t a very good documentary.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Editorials
  • Too much sodium can be a health risk

    Salty potato chips. Salted popcorn. Salt on French fries. We are a nation that loves salt. Although it enhances the flavor of foods, too much sodium is not a good thing.

    July 19, 2014

  • Working cattle during summertime heat

    Understanding and avoiding heat stress in cattle can be a valuable management tool for summertime in Oklahoma.   

     

    July 19, 2014

  • NASA says life on other planets is no longer a fool’s errand

    It has always seemed unlikely to me that this universe, the size of which renders you and me microscopic, could contain only us. Then again, it could, and certainly authors of “The Privileged Planet” make a strong case for it.

     

    July 19, 2014

  • Historic icon raised to celebrate Capitol's 100th birthday

    It was with great fanfare nearly a century ago that Oklahomans crowded into cars or horse-drawn buggies and paraded to 23rd and Lincoln.

     

    July 19, 2014

  • Jerry Duncan Are there absolutes that can be trusted?

    Back in the 70s there was a film series with the philosopher Francis Schaeffer titled, “How Shall We Then Live.” He described how every nation that became the leading nation of the world had a discernable and predictable rise and fall.

     

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ukraine is a personal tragedy for one Ada resident

    Democracy is the worst form of government, the sage has said, except for everything else.

    July 14, 2014

  • Franz case raises troubling questions

    Dear Editor,

    What kind of law and judges do we have in Ada?

    July 14, 2014

  • Fourth of July celebration capped week of fun events

       Over 380 eggs, over 100 water balloons, over 40 turtles, boxes of ice cream bars, unlimited prizes, rope and a creek, judo, longest standing 5K/10K race in Oklahoma, cans of whipped cream, colored powder celebration, motorized train, Bernoulli’s Principle, miniature golf, shaved-ice snow cones, fire truck hose wars, and a most awesome fireworks display that scared the ducks all the way to Wapanucka. 

    July 14, 2014

  • Common Core: The untold story

    Oklahoma public school educators may be forgiven if they liken themselves to a soccer ball in a World Cup championship match.

    July 14, 2014

  • Jerry Duncan How important is love?

     It appears that from the very beginning and throughout history God has been clearly and consistently demonstrating love for us.

     

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror'
Stocks
Poll

Who do you blame more for the trouble in Gaza?

The Israelis
Hamas
     View Results