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Facebook, Politics and Losing Friends In Real Life

Just read an excellent article over on Medium's BackChannel by Jessi Hempel. Can't recommend it highly enough, as pretty much anyone that has been on Facebook for any length of time surely has had a similar experience(s). I know I have, not with close friends, but relatives. There is much truth in that old saying 'Never discuss Politics, Religion or Sex' in polite company. So true!


"Help,” my mother began our weekly phone conversation. “Marge and I aren’t speaking.” Marge is one of my mom’s best friends. When she moved houses, Marge showed up with curtains and a lamp and had her grown son heave boxes in from the car. When my mom found herself alone on Christmas one year, Marge set an extra spot at her table.
But here’s the thing: Marge is a Republican. My mom, a Democrat.
This hasn’t mattered for the better part of the last decade. Their friendship is built on warm conversations over lunches, shared confidences, and favors exchanged. But then, several weeks ago, Mom became so outraged by current events that she began posting a series of anti-Trump memes and quotes.
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