In my high school I once read, the famous French poet, Charles Baudelaire , saying in his ‘ Intimate Journals’, ‘The blend of the grotesque and the tragic are attractive to the mind, as is discord to blasé ears.’ Though Baudelaire had contextualized this notion with the essence of true poetry, the present day social networking sites, like face book have substantiated it, through their overpowering obsession for the grotesque.
Apart from projecting images of stereotypes and stigmas associated with the society, notions encasing the existing power relations , posts exhibiting how gender is and should be lived, opulent images of cherished dreams , wealth and success, face book has shown the trend of upholding the maimed, gory , deceased and traumatising images of children, men and women. The mind game is being run well through its attempt to affect the viewer’s psyche. The posts not only suffice them but they also follow a prediction about the future ill luck of the hapless viewers who would skip or avoid it, without pressing a ‘like’ and typing an ‘amen.’ What an oxymoronic act! While it wheedles away a ‘like’ from you, it does not hesitate to insist you to type an ‘Amen’.
Pictures of babies with hospital equipments in the background, and with deformed physical features have spread rampant and they claim one ‘like’ to be equivalent to one ‘prayer’. The circulation of these kind of posts not only turns the mind morbid, but until and unless you are mentally strong and determined enough to avoid them, you would easily fall prey to the game. Now, one should be a nonchalant heart, to ignore the sadistic pleasure of these scams. They play with the emotions and the fear ridden self of the viewers. Bad things are not that scanty in our lives that demented, and grotesque snapshots will have to add more to it. Better to report it to face book, once these scams are followed. So ,next time these irksome posts intrude your post lunch scroll through the news feed, stop writing the ‘ amen’ , and do know , that your act of nonconforming to this trap will be a step forward towards keeping your most extensively used social networking site clean of all these hoax. Never let the threats of ‘one year of bad luck’ dampen your spirits.