I could go a number of different ways, but what I’m thinking about is the significance of the “like” button in our Facebook world in terms of communication and connection. The “like” button functions as a quick way to communicate approval of something whether it’s a status about someone’s dinner to someone joining a particular group to someone’s support of a particular sports team to general and random comments. It’s also a way to quickly connect in a very visible way because now your name appears on this person’s comment, action, or status. You now are a small part of whatever little moment because you support it.
I guess it’s another expression of our abbreviated way of communicating (and connecting)…another word in the list of techie and textie vocabulary alongside LOL or WTF or SMH. It expresses something in and of itself, and for such a tiny gesture, it’s kind of astounding how many levels of expression are there. I remember getting marked down sometimes in high school for papers that were too “wordy.” So, I think I like it for its sparseness – they are just so many possibilities of meaning with less verbiage. Almost like poetry…using less…makes it an interesting up-for-grabs when it comes to interpretation…
But, sometimes that poses problems…miscommunication, misunderstanding…and conflict. In some ways, the easy-ness of communication, though efficient at times, these devices have made us maybe a little less willing to tease things out, as that same high school teacher would encourage us to do for any assignment. There’s a quick assumption about meaning, and then one moves on, and little time to digest or reflect on it. Soon, things become reduced to tastes, and little more. I do like it when I see the like button and a comment to go with it. Maybe it’s better to encourage amicability but to make it more interesting FB should make a “dislike” button available…and help people practice some civil discourse.
In the end, I haven’t really engaged anything theological about it…just some preliminary thoughts…The ultimate question for me here is whether the old adage in this case is true: Is less truly more? Or is less just…lazy?
I got the picture off of Facebook somewhere, but I googled it.