In a few hours, our long, national ordeal will be over -- and we can go back to fulfilling the true mission of social media by posting cute cat pictures and wacky videos on Facebook. But if my news feed is representative -- and anecdotal evidence suggests it is -- more than a few usually straight and sober Facebook friends have completely lost their minds in the months-long run-up to Obama vs. Romney.
Facebook friends and politics don't mix
Ready to cut off Facebook `friends' who step over the (political) line?
I'm talking serious spittle-splashing, eye-popping vitriol reserved for the other guy and his -- fill in the blank here -- henchmen, followed by reams of white-hot commentary explaining why an election loss for "our side" will lead inevitably to America's destruction by "their side." Earlier in the election cycle, I would wade into discussion threads and offer the occasional wisenheimer rejoinder to their predictions of apocalypse. So much for witty repartee as it's no longer clear whether these folks remain my friends -- on Facebook or in real life.
Maybe it was always so and technology just makes it easier to take notice. What's extraordinary here is that names are attached to these screeds, with people proud to stand behind their nastiness. Usually the vitriol across the Web is reserved for anonymous wimps.
If you've run into something similar, let me hear about it in the talkback area below. In the meantime, here's a look at some of the pretty pictures making their way over the transom via my "friends."