Drone Wars and Social Media

Strike the unsuspecting target from miles away with the click of a mouse button.  The drone warrior unleashes an attack to disorient, disable and destroy the selected victim, from the safety of a dark room, illuminated only by the flicker of a computer monitor.


Don’t think like I do?  Blam.

Don’t believe the same ideology?  Ka-blooey.

Look different?  Boom.


This isn’t about wiping out Al-Qeda terrorists in Yemen, but something even more insidious – flame wars on social media.

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Goodreads, Pintrest, and Reddit are the battlefield and we, my friends, are in the crosshairs of boneheaded, egotistical drone warriors looking for attention. Reaper Aircraft Flies Without Pilot From Creech AFB We’ve all seen it, the Facebook mushroom cloud after someone posts about a personal event, or heaven-forbid, a political thought.  Hell fire and acid rain falls upon the unsuspecting individual who echoes the cries of Nancy Kerrigan after a pipe to the knee, “Why?  Why me?”

courtesy of the washington post

courtesy of the washington post

In my simple little mind, social media interaction created an arena for anonymous, mean-spirited little snipes to take pot shots at people with no accountability.  I’m gonna leave a nasty comment on your Facebook post because you supported the adoption of one-winged parakeets, or publicly out you for supporting global warming by virtue of the vacation cruise photos you posted.  Or, my personal favorite, I’m gonna post a bad review on Amazon, or Goodreads, even though I didn’t bother to read the book, just because I can.

These flamers are nothing more than social media terrorists and their little suicide bomber tactics crave for a reaction form us.  This week, a friend of mine, closed her Facebook account because of comments left by people who were supposed to be “friends.”  It wasn’t worth her energy to engage in a flame war and pour gasoline on the social media fires.

images-17Banter is fine, humor is great, personal attacks are nothing less than school yard bullying and have no place in “our” social media world.  Let’s take back the platform from these creeps and trollers.  This is supposed to be fun, supportive, a creative outlet and networking.  Where did we go wrong?

  • You don’t have to like everything on Facebook, and you get to choose who your “friends” are.  You have the power to dump them at any time.
  • You can block Tweets from nay-saying-negative-nabobs, or the endless spam of buy my (whatchamabob).
  • You have the power not to read any negative comments and reviews.  You won’t gain anything from engaging with the enemy.  You can’t teach a pig to sing; it wastes your time and annoys the pig.

If we don’t engage in the flame exchange and use the block, unfollow, and ignore functions of our social media platforms, we deny the social media terrorists a place to get their jollies.  We can send them back to the confines of their mother’s basement.


Have a social media anti-terrorist story?  Come on and share.



  1. So far, I’ve been able to avoid having a “social media anti-terrorist story.” I think that is in part due to the fact that the only friends I have on FB are actual friends and I check out the website and/or tweets of each person before I follow them. I may look “unpopular” by social media standards with my low number of friends and followers, but I’d much prefer to surround myself with people who are using social media for the right reason, not those using it for their messed up agenda. Its a shame how the cover of anonymity can bring out the worst in some people (but I guess that’s what block, unfollow and delete is for). Thanks for another well thought out post, James.

    1. I think your are doing social media the right way, enhancing friendships not replacing them. I too am wading in the kiddie pool end of the Facebook and Twitter popularity pool and I’m fine with that. Quality over quantity. And thanks for stopping by again. Oh…how was your writers conference? Will we see a post about it? I didn’t miss it did I?

  2. I appreciate your thoughts. So nice to have someone else who doesn’t think we have a right to say whatever we want, just because we CAN. Have a great day!

    1. Thanks Teri! Have a great day too.

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