(Editor’s Note: So I haven’t been writing that much. I know. I’ve been very busy with my new business venture and performing stand up comedy. Those are good things. Here is Get Involved Comedy’s Joe Mylonas with a guest appearance on the blog. Of course, I will chime in with the italics and picture comments.) Enjoy.)
Embrace the suck.
You hear this in the desert all the time. The meaning is simple: “This is going to suck, deal with it.” (Editor’s Note: I think they tell you that on your wedding day. HIOOOOOO!) There will be an insane amount of unnecessary bullshit. Accept it, own it, love it. Embrace the suck. This is also the attitude I have towards Facebook. Actually I love Facebook. It’s the simple, feeble-minded users that drag my Facebook experience down into the gutter every single day.
As Memorial Day came and went, I dreaded the onslaught of stupidity that I knew was coming. I could have stayed away from the computer for the day but where would I have gone for my daily validation? What would I have done without all of the likes and approving comments from my amazing friends?
Embrace the suck. You may ask yourself: “Hey Joe. What could be so bad about some comments and posts about Memorial Day?” Well, it wasn’t the content of the posts as much as it was the post themselves. Social media has turned us as a society into a bunch of self-righteous activists. We, and I include myself, like to sit at home, all alone, and quietly type an essay on how our voices should be heard. All these stupid hashtags will take the media by storm. #savethewhales, #yesallwomen, #acceptlazyeyes. Shitty, lazy, ineffective activists. That is us. As a society. Even when we do try to physically get together to protest an injustice in the world, it turns into a homeless colony with wi-fi and catered food. #occupywallstreet, what a joke.
Embrace the suck
As a veteran with PTSD, I know firsthand how the troubles at our VA hospitals affect our troops. I have read dozens of angry, disbelieving posts about these troubles. I was also stunned over all of your angry 140 character rants that are horribly misspelled and grammatically incorrect. These tweets don’t make a difference. How did we get so lazy that we can’t even pick up the phone anymore? Forget about writing a letter, that would be torture. I’m pretty sure half of my Facebook friends would struggle to fill out the envelope properly. Do they even teach that in school anymore? However, the same friends tend to give me likes when I post jokes about my penis; so they get a pass.
Embrace the suck.
Everyone on Facebook will say they support the troops. (Editor’s Note: Hell, some comics even put it into their act to get an applause break.) But guess what? You may want to, but you don’t. Typing “Support Our Vets” does as much for our Vets as #bringbackourgirls does for kidnapped children. I can only assume that many of you are stunned that typing #bringbackourgirls didn’t actually do anything. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news. All it did is make you feel temporarily better and let your friends know you support something. (Editor’s Note: Yeah, you are anti-racism, pro-troops, anti-war, pro-love, anti-hate. You people are really taking a hardcore stance!) Sorry Mrs. Obama your silly sign and puppy dog eyes have had as much success finding those girls as the Long Island Medium. Lazy activism. It’s mind-blowing. We don’t even make our own posts. Most of the time, we steal, borrow or share someone else’s meme or ideas. Retweeting and sharing other people’s opinion because they said it better than us sitting down and trying to formulate an opinion. Posting on Facebook is as effective as buying a five dollar support our troops car magnet that was made in China at your local gas station run by terrorists. Sadly, even my mother did this last one.
Embrace the suck.
So come Veterans day (in November, idiots) don’t just post some stupid tweet or meme about how you support the troops. Do something. Please. Call a politician. Demand our veterans get the benefits they have earned by protecting our freedom and serving our country. Go to a parade and personally thank a vet. Shake his or her hand. You don’t know how much that means to them. Volunteer with a group or charity that helps veterans (Boots on the Ground NY is a great local group that can use the support). In reality, I know you will just like my status and give me some gracious comments.
Embrace the suck…
(Editor’s Note: Thanks to Joe Mylonas for the guest post and bringing us into the world of a veteran. I know this is a “dating blog” but I like when my fellow comedians feel inspired by something to the point where they actually create. I will always post my friend’s material on the blog to support them and generate some extra content. I hope you caught Joe’s message and help out this year. Via con dios)