Less than a year ago, I was asked to help a friend find her way around Facebook. I had no idea, but we worked on it because she needed to take a course on someone's Facebook page.
Gradually over the year I became more and more amazed at the postings
that were not just of kids and animals (those are good too) but seeing how Facebook - at least the stream of friends in my communication circle - is really a subtext (and a positive one) of global awareness.
Some of us have almost stopped watching
news of any kind this year - only the most obvious essentials - because it is ALL disaster, ALL violence and war-oriented, ALL critical of one person or another, especially during elections. All designed to escalate fear and anxiety if one is not careful and
selective. Automatic news-watching is the worst. No reflection on what effect it is having, personally and globally.
But FaceBook for me creates a daily subtext of what is seldom if ever reported on any "news". People helping people; being good to the
poor and homeless; creative celebrations; world events and positive ways of seeing people and things rather than entirely negative. And not to forget those things that are NOT reported on the news and yet need to be heard, negative or not. FaceBook is
not controlled by anyone who would benefit from that control, and is therefore closer to the voice and values of ordinary people than any newscast of whatever network.