SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched South Park Season 14 Episode 4, you can bookmark this page and read it later.
I have been a fan of South Park ever since it came out, and it has always astonished me by how they tend to always be relevant to current events and always take an insightful and refreshing look at things. So when I heard that they are going to tackle Facebook in one of this season’s episodes I was thrilled and knew that Trey Parker and Matt Stone will take their scalpels and dissect Facebook gently and humorously, and last week when I watched the episode it didn’t disappoint.
As always with every South Park episode I ended up laughing hysterically, but I also came out with several lessons out of it.
Social Media Networks are just masked dating sites
No words are truer than the ones that come out of Cartman’s mouth, and one of those statements cut through the core purpose of why most men use Facebook. Facebook is just a nice way to stalk your female interests and keep up with them, so that’s why the statement “Chick friends are worth almost triple what dude friends are!” couldn’t be truer.
Old people and family members need to unlearn the internet
It is one thing to deal with those long lost school mates that you never wanted to remember in the first place, and it is an entirely different thing justifying why you refused or limited the access of a family member to your Facebook profile. We no longer have the luxury of selectively sharing information with our family, you know like twice a year on Thanksgiving and Christmas, now you will get a call from you Grandma demanding to know who did you hook up with lately because you changed you status to ‘in a relationship’.
Which brings me to my next point…
Relationships are tougher to maintain now
Maintaining a stable relationship was already a nightmare of a task, but now it has been made more difficult with Facebook. Usually spouses will develop a distinct eye for seeing ‘signs’ in your social interactions and behaviors that you don’t even notice yourself, and a Facebook profile provides hard evidence to back their claims. So if your partner is of the jealous kind, then make sure you just quit interacting on the web with anyone at all, because everything you do will be dissected and analyzed meticulously.
Your worth = how many friends you have
As if money, heritage, origin and the many other factors that we use to discern the status of a person are not enough we have added one more superficial factor, the number of friends you have on Facebook. How the hell did that become the case? In this episode, Kip Drordy is treated like a vermin because he has ‘0’ friends (By the way you can friend him on Facebook if you like, he has more than 150,000 friends!). While some of the situations in South Park tend to be slightly hyperbolic this one is dead on, people who have no or little number of friends on Facebook end up being humiliated twice, online and in real life as well!
Social Media is not the place to find new quality friends
If the purpose of your social media profile is to create new lasting friendships then you better be patient Because “if you want to have quality friends you will have to weave through all the dicks first“. Most people on the net are no longer interested in establish new connections with people outside of their sphere, it is no longer the novel experience that it was a decade ago and hence it is more difficult to find others that are just interested in establishing new friendships with people from the internet. But if you are looking to get in touch with a pervert then you are in luck for they are a dime a dozen these days and with sites like Chatroulette they are that much easier to get in touch with.
What did you think of the episode? Did social media actually add anything to our interactions or is it becoming more of a burden on our daily lives?
Let us hear what you think.