“Outrage!” and Other Tales of Emptiness

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  1. Alison says:

    Rich Mullins wrote a song called "My One Thing."

    "Who have I in heaven but You Jesus?

    And what better could I hope to find down here on earth?

    I could cross the most distant reaches of this world, but I'd just be wasting my time

    'Cause I'm certain already, I'm sure I'd find

    You're my one thing"

    He is still my favorite (earthly) artist after all these years..

    • Charles says:

      Sounds like a great song. I'm not familiar enough with Mullins, but my wife loves his music. Maybe I ought to listen some.

  2. This was a really funny post. I appreciate your philosophical insight, and while the joke's on me, I agree with your entertaining perspective on the situation. In hindsight, it did seem to get blown a little out of proportion, didn't it 🙂

    • Charles says:

      Hey, I had a comment war with a friend over something someone else wrote, which he linked to. About video games. We all lose perspective once in a while.

      And the joke's not really on you, so much as on all of us.

  3. Avallonia says:

    Alicia's situation was not just about losing contact with her social circle or even the business connections she had made through Facebook — the heart of it is that her account was suspended because her last name was Istanbul.

    If you check, there are over 500 accounts for persons named Alicia London, as well as several hundred women Alicia Paris with Facebook pages. Interestingly enough, none of them were suspended for suspicion of having a fake name. The bottom line is the name Istanbul is on a list that got it flagged, while Paris and London — equally names of cities — are not. Could the fact that Turkey is a predominantly Islamic country have contributed to the fact that one of its cities is on a flagged list? I think we both know the answer to that — and it is clear that Alicia Istanbul was standing up for more than her right to participate on Facebook.

    Your post is both reductionist and judgmental. If, as you posit, Alicia is seeking to fill a void in her life with Facebook, what exactly are you compensating for by writing about it?

    • Charles says:

      I have a couple of responses –

      First, this post is not about Alicia. She just had the unfortunate honor of being an easily adapted parable at my moment of inspiration. This post is about society at large, and the ridiculous amount of value we place on trivial things.

      The fact that there are so many people with the last names Paris and London is the reason that name wasn’t flagged. Had there only been 20 or 30 of each, they would probably get more attention. How many people on Facebook have the last names Chicago, Seattle, or Versailles? There are a lot, in fact, but there are also a lot with the last names Kabul, Baghdad, and Mecca. There are also plenty with the name Constantinople, which is, of course, the original name for Istanbul.

      The point is, Facebook is not targeting Muslim names, it’s targeting names it has reason to believe are fake.

      And I didn’t say that Alicia was trying to fill a void any more than I am or you are. That’s why the post was pointed at everyone. I’ll give you that the post is judgmental, but only in the sense that we all make judgments about hundreds of things every day. To be truly “judgmental” about something I would have to add that she’s going to Hell because of this little social networking scuffle. That’s not likely to happen.

      And reductionist it is, if only because it would take a book to fully attend to all the issues here, and no one would buy it.

      I feel that you missed the point of my post, which I’ll say again, was not about Alicia, but about everyone. Read it again in that light, and you may see it differently.

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