It’s been a while since I’ve listened to A Perfect Circle. There’s a whole bunch of reasons why, but let’s not get into it. I was listening to “The Outsider” and the first line of the chorus leapt out at me. Disconnect and self-destruct, one bullet at a time. Wow.
CD Cover of the single – The Outsider by A Perfect Circle
I have no freaking clue what it means. So, if that’s what you were expecting, my insincerest apologies.
But that line leapt out at me because it was the first line I remembered from the song. Maynard yells it out with pure power and it just sounds so explosive. I contemplated putting that line in a neat little post on Facebook with a link to the Youtube video of the song.
But then, that got me thinking. Why do I want to do that? Why would anyone want to do that? Why do people share links to videos of music? Or actually, anything at all?
#1 – Some people share things that they’ve found to be awesome and feel others should also experience. Like a “Hey, I found this! Take a look, it’s so cool!”
#2 – People put up (strong) opinions as their Facebook status as a means to attract (intelligent) discussion. This can work; A lot of times, you could also get be pleasantly surprised to find that someone you never knew too well actually sees eye to eye with you on an issue that means a lot to you. A good way to make like-minded friends. Alternately, you could put up a contrarian point of view just to go against the flow; to project an image of independent thinking and belief in your opinions in the face of strong opposition. Like Roy Keane. Who is an idiot. But that’s just my opinion.
#3 – To project an image of coolness. If I put up a link to something that all my friends are going to like, aren’t my friends going to like me a little bit more?
#4 – Because they want to be seen/heard. Put up a link to something people are going to like, and you’ll be on a lot of people’s timelines, won’t you?
#5 – Because someone else can express their opinions better than them. Like a glorious tribute to Sachin Tendulkar. Or a damning critique of a comical news presenter.
There could be a deeper reason, of course. It could just be a way of sharing your life with your friends. Thanks to Facebook, I know that one of my friends has adopted a cute little dog, that another friend has cut his hair (oh, believe me, this is going to change my life), etc.
Anyway. Why do you share stuff?
(This is the most direct way of inviting participation on the blog).