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Annoyed by your friends’ Tweets/Yelp reviews?

Do you have a friend who Tweets too much?

Do you get sick of friends who update their Facebook statuses constantly all day?

Do you not understand what qualifies someone to be a foodie and post Yelp restaurant reviews?

I think I’m pretty much guilty of all three sins. Though I wonder about Yelpers. There’s a whole culture there that I can’t quite understand. That’s OK, more power to you. Nothing forces me to log on and read your opinions on why Noodles in the Pot is better than Oodles of Noodles. I mean, it’s not like you JUST tried Thai food last month, and can’t tell the difference between Thai and Panda Express.

(I did think about posting a blog about fictional Yelp reviews of Thanksgiving meals. I mean your family needs to read that snark if they’re going to improve their customer service during the holidays. That cranberry sauce they’ve been serving for years has been so flaccid.)

There’s a term we learned in journalism school: “the free marketplace of ideas.” You’re shopping at your favorite store, but nothing compels you to buy everything. Sure, there are bargains to be had, but why would you need a copy of “Gigli” or a Justin Bieber album. Yeah, these are first-world problems.

My point is, for every time you stop a cool post on Facebook from a friend, there’s bound to be a stinker. Sure, I love a flow chart on how much I should drink during my office holiday party. No, I don’t care that you’re at the grocery store and are taking a stroll through childhood by eating macaroni and cheese with sliced hot dogs for dinner. But that’s the gamble you take by participating in the ecosystem that is the World Wide Web.

These second you police what can be posted, that’s when you’re going to stifle someone’s creative juices. Just roll with it. You don’t care, don’t read it. Don’t be such a stick in the mud.

This is a RedEye community blog. The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely those of the author and not those of RedEye or Tribune Company.


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