If you listen very hard, you can hear the typing of a million sociology theses/dissertations about online social networking sites, crunching the data and waving the allegories. It’s pretty obvious that the various Special Interest Groups (SIGS) who have thousands and even hundreds of thousands of members have tapped into some genuine social concerns, or at least fashionable memes. (you need to open a Facebook Account to view these sites, but you don’t have to set up a profile and interact etc unless you want to)
But it’s the smaller groups I find fascinating in how they propagate or stagnate. I though I’d check out just one philosophical cause – that of the Invisible Pink Unicorn.
“Invisible Pink Unicorns are beings of great spiritual power. We know this because they are capable of being invisible and pink at the same time. Like all religions, the Faith of the Invisible Pink Unicorns is based upon both logic and faith. We have faith that they are pink; we logically know that they are invisible because we can’t see them.”
“” Steve Eley
“The Church of the Invisible Unicorn” group on Facebook has 789 members when last I checked.
By contrast, the “I Believe God is More Powerful than a Teapot, Unicorn, or Spaghetti Monster” group has one member, probably not for lack of people who do actually share that belief but rather for the sheer length of the group-founders description of the group which ends only in pointing to Descartes as a rebuttal to Russell’s Teapot. pffff. (And while he was mining Wikipedia for his material, how dare he overlook the great Queen Maeve?)
The motto, folks, is keep your group description pithy and enticing. Or if being a contrarian, at least provide major rebuttal statements that haven’t already been debunked for centuries.