How many times have you seen it: a cuddly bundle of baby on Facebook, looking not "cute" but, as they say, like Winston Churchill, sans cigar, though I suspect some parents have jammed one into the infants mouth for effect and "artistic" merit or sick humor?
Harmless? The actions of a proud parent or grandparent?
Probably. Maybe. The question is, what does the baby get out it, except maybe the chance for some predator to chase it down? The baby and the children posted get nothing out of it except potential danger, in my opinion.
Will Facebook for puppies
The above picture appeared on a Facebook site, and I have no idea if it is real or not.
Is anything real on Facebook, a virtual land of virtual friends, all up there in the cloud somewhere?
Suppose it is real.
Can you imagine the conversation...
"Daddy, can I get a puppy?" says the girl.
"I don't know, honey. Will you take care of it?" says Daddy
"That means feeding it, walking it rain or shine, paying for its shots, taking care of it when it is sick, and even cleaning up its poop."
"Oh, yes, daddy, I will."
Here is where the plot turns diabolical, for what reason we do not know, because we do not know what darkness lies in the heart of men, especially this daddy who wants his little pumpkin to get one million "likes" in a virtual world so she can have a puppy to play with.
What aspect of being a good parent does forcing or challenging your child to "likes" on Facebook define? What lesson is learned by the child? That if Facebook says it is okay in the millions to get a puppy, it's okay with dad?
Here is the end of our puppy fairy tale: the picture goes viral, and it is picked up by some news network and the 15 seconds of fame -- not for the daughter-- but for the dark daddy is achieved.
We have Pavlov's Facebook. This is not a happy ending.
What is next in this "if I had a million likes"?
Like this so I can get a new car?
Like this so I can go to Harvard?
Like this so I can get the new X-box?
Will we see "Like" inflation? What's a million today?
Considering there are 800 billion Facebook users worldwide, could this ploy be used to even have people who do not have Facebook accounts sighing on (or making multiple identities) to boost said child's total to our new magical number, a trillion?
This daddy should get a billion "unlikes".