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The New Etiquette: Anti-Etiquette?

July 23rd, 2010  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized

Via DadWagon sibling Paul comes the following charmer from the Bay Area’s SF Appeal online newspaper. A relatively reasonable etiquette question–how do I politely ask my pal to stop tagging my toddler’s pictures on Facebook?–becomes the occasion for a marginally coherent, ostensibly humorous anti-Facebook (and faintly anti-child) rant. A sample: “Unless your child has a harelip or is actually a shaved Shitz Tzu wrapped in swaddling that you’re delusionally pretending is your human offspring, you have absolutely no reason to obsessively keep her pictures off Facebook.”

I’ll admit that the writer’s solution to this dilemma is inventive: a way to be so obnoxious to your friends that the photos are taken down in short order. Nice to see that the next generation of etiquette columnists seems to believe that being a troll is now just bein’ neighborly.

(Real answers to that question here, by the way.)

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