Monday, September 23, 2019

Facebook Needs a New “A” For Effort Key

There are so many things wrong with this story - “He went underwater to propose to his girlfriend, but he didn't live to hear her say ‘yes’” - and all of them are related to social media.

Steven Weber died during a marriage proposal in Tanzania, his family says. Photo: Kenesha Antoine Via Facebook

Before Facebook/Twitter/Instagram reduced all significant life events to the ubiquitous selfie and/or video clip it might have been sufficient to take your girlfriend to a $1700/night resort, where you booked a glass room submerged 30 feet below water, to propose. But then, I’m so old that I remember when that trip wouldn’t have happened until after the wedding so what do I know?

But now in order to amp up the Facebook likes on your awesome proposal you have to do a 30 foot free dive with the ring and proposal for your girlfriend to video. Too bad you don’t make it back atop alive. At least your intended will always have the video to remember you by.

If you think I’m being harsh and unfeeling I refer you to Kenisha Antoine’s Facebook page where she posted the entire ill-fated proposal posthumously. Honestly, I can’t wrap my head around this new style public celebration and mourning. Nor can I comprehend clicking the “like” button on such a post but what else do you do?

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Facebook doesn’t have an “A” for effort, “F” for execution key.