Disclaimer

Since I joined Facebook last winter, I  have observed a problem with the dialectic of Facebook “liking” whenever somber themes are concerned—bereavement, political unrest, tragedy. After all, the term invariably evokes an ebullience that seems out of place when one wants to appreciate the fact of a post (or pay one’s respects, as the case may be) without being overly cheerful (or cheerful in the slightest) about it. So yes, sometimes I “like” your status update, but I’m not laughing at it, not smirking, not cheering, not feeling happy when I consider what it means. Sometimes my “like” is a somber, quiet one, okay?