This is as good a time as any to point out—pointlesssly—that I’ve never joined Facebook and don’t really understand it. And I don’t mean that I don’t get get it. I get it. I just don’t really get it in the way my Grandma wouldn’t really get my iPhone. For instance, I know how people have conversations on Facebook. Sometimes people will explain to me a conversation that took place on Facebook, and I won’t be confused at all. My comprehension will soar above the earth, illuminating the ground below. But then they will mention how tagging yourself in photos works and how you maybe don’t want certain people to see your photos or to see you tagged in certain photos, and I’ll be all like, “But doesn’t everything just work out in the end because what the fuck?”
That said, I kind of want the punchline of this meme-joke to have personal resonance for me.
One of my students, in a break during class today, asked me if I had seen that the Supreme Court upheld “Obamacare.” I said Yes I have seen that. He clearly wanted to engage me in a discussion about said topic, and I made it clear I was more interested in something else, though even now I can’t remember what that something else was. It wasn’t an artful dodge, but probably more of a Meh. I didn’t want to say things and have them gumming up the gears of my teacherly persona. It was actually a really good class today. I like my students a lot, and god knows I’m making them read too much. If I could—or if I cared for such gestures—I would bless them all.