FACEBOOK: PROS & CONS

Facebook has been around now for well over a decade and with it has come both good and bad on a large scale and small. We all know the story of its conception via Aaron Sorkin’s excellent Oscar-winning screenplay for The Social Network (2010). It’s a complicated tale involving lawsuits, betrayals, manipulations, and other controversies that just comes down to the simple truth that Mark Zuckerberg simply wanted to get laid. Crude but true. 
 That said, not much has changed since then. In other words, Facebook is rife with both pros and cons and this writer has been on the receiving end of both. I joined Facebook initially at the request of some old friends as a way to reacquaint ourselves and to that end, Facebook is a wonderful tool. On the negative side are the well-known political rants, nasty comments and downright stalkers who inhabit the platforms of social media. They can be blocked, of course, but the damage is often done before that can take place. I once encountered some nut job who went around telling the world that he and I were working on a project together and was asking my friends for seed money. Bizarre. 
 On the plus side (and it is a a very big plus!) Facebook has proven to be an amazing platform to promote my work as sales of Lee Marvin Point Bank has proven. Most times that promotion is self-generated which I really don’t have a problem with. 
  However, on rare occasion, I’ll come across a Facebook post by a complete stranger that has me smiling like a butcher’s dog. Seriously. As I constantly grapple with ideas for content for this blog, I’ll come across something on Facebook that takes me by complete surprise and makes for an easy blog entry. Case in point, this recent post I stumbled upon from Facebook’s Crime Film Club….

Screenshot from Facebook’s Crime Film Club.

Pretty cool, huh? What I like about it, besides the obvious, is the fact that my book came out in 2013, and to this day it is still being discovered by new readers. Does  my heart good. Facebook has its problems but this member of its numbers proudly admires its usefulness. Thank you. You may now return to your regularly scheduled memes and rants.
– Dwayne Epstein

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