Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Murder by Facebook

I'm one of those smug types who is quick to note that he has never had a Facebook account... back in the 90s, I worked as a private investigator (mainly investigating sketchy automobile insurance claims, with an occasional foray into litigation preparation), so I quickly became appalled at the amount of information about people was available.  We had to hunt down information using subscription index services, it was our job.  There was no way I would voluntarily put down personal information under my own name.  "Filed a workers' compensation claim for a bad back?  Then what's this photo of you doing kegstands all about?"  Besides, did I really need to know that a guy I worked with twenty years ago hates Jews?

The worst thing about Facebook is how it has become a dangerous vector for disinformation, though The Zuck deflected a question about the role of his monster in the anti-vax movement.  It's not just Russian troll farms or right-wing scam organizations that are the perpetrators, sometimes it's just some random bro with brain poisoning...

I admit to feeling Schadenfreude when I read of anti-vax-and-mask superspreaders dying of COVID, and I confess that I peruse the Sorry Antivaxxer website and the Twitter feed of The Herman Cain Awards, but there are some people I can't bring myself to dunk on, such as this victim of disinformation whose story seems to have broken even the HCA feed proprietor (who hasn't posted since):

THAT is just plain depressing, depressing and infuriating.  Here is an ignorant girl with underlying conditions who didn't have the resources to hunt down sound information, instead relying on advice from this guy:

She had comorbidities, she even knew enough to take them into account when asking for advice, but she still took the advice of some bro who probably doesn't even feel any remorse for her death. I'm reminded of a line from the film Animal House

 

This bro probably doesn't care that his bad advice got her killed, and Zuckerberg certainly doesn't care. Disinformation peddlers are murderers, and Facebook is, perhaps, their greatest weapon.

5 comments:

Ten Bears said...

This whole wearing the flag like it's some kind of asswipe ~ pajamas, ffs ~ is really starting to piss me off. Doesn't seem like all that long ago to me that one'd get their ass kicked for something like that. By a rat-pack of the same assholes sleeping all sweaty and shit-stinkin' in it tonight.

Per the Uniform Code of Military Justice, that needs to be burned ...

Charon04 said...

I think of them as murderers, given the sort of people being turned away by ER's, surgeries and procedures delayed etc.

I am normally opposed to the death penalty, but I make an exception for fools qualifying for Herman Cain awards.

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

Per the Uniform Code of Military Justice, that needs to be burned ...

Preferably with him in it.

I am normally opposed to the death penalty, but I make an exception for fools qualifying for Herman Cain awards.

It's amazing how these creeps have eroded our empathy. I'm comfortable with them dying, and that makes me uncomfortable.

Stevie said...

Bro is probably glad and secretly proud to have gotten her killed. Like the assholes who used to trick people into putting their cell phone in the microwave, bro probably thinks that this makes him smarter than her. There's an ugly strain of this attitude in our country and bro has a lot of company.

xulon said...

A couple weeks back, Marjorie Taylor Green was asked if she felt any responsibility for the negative effects of people believing her COVID lies. She gleefully giggled and laughed that she believed in personal responsibility. Another nutter thinking she can lie all she wants and if you accept her lies, that's totally on you.