What an Hono(u)r

Fun, fun, fun:

xkcd: Honor Societies

xkcd: Honor Societies

I’ll assume you’ve clicked through and seen the whole thing before reading this. You haven’t? Well, get on with it, then come back here and we’ll have a chat about it, OK?


*Taps fingers on desk*

*Tumbleweed blows through from wherever that stuff comes from*

Ah, you’re back. See, that’s one of the things that really annoys me on Farcebook, which I’ve found myself dragged into because it seems a lot of people have forgotten how to use email or indeed the rest of the internet. It’s the groups thing. Now, there’s no problem with creating a group so people who share an interest, a belief or a joke can talk among themselves without annoying the rest of us, but the bizarre thing is all the groups with names like:

I’ll bet we can find 1,000,000 people who believe A

and of course

I’ll bet we can find 1,000,000 people who believe !A[1]

or worse still

If 1,000,000 join this, somebody will do something

The first two are merely silly. Given the number of people using Farcebook, you can probably find 1,000,000 people who will click a button relating to anything[2]. The third one takes silliness to new levels. Many of them seem to be in response to loony rumours such as:

If lots of people join a group[3], Facebook won’t start charging users, which they weren’t going to because users aren’t their customers, advertisers are[4]

And I once saw a TV clip in which the presenter was moaning to someone about something, and attempted to show the level of public concern about whatever it was by mentioning that lots of people had joined a Farcebook group. Yup. That’s all you have to do.

Maybe I should start a group called

Don’t join this group unless you think joining groups is pointless

Or something like that, anyway…

All of which is a major digression from the comic, but it just reminded me, so there.

[1] Not A, that is
[2] Regardless of what they might actually believe. Chances are they don’t really care either way…
[3] A zero-effort, zero-commitment act, remember
[4] I recently saw a Farcebook page on a browser without AdBlock. Loads of adverts! Who knew?