Social media in 2017 sucked. Liberal or conservative, places like Facebook were the frontline in a non-stop battle over politics, sexual harassment, fake news, gun violence, and the general idiocy and despair of modern life. Naturally, this creates a bit of a quandary for the folks who put together Facebooks annual Year in Review. I mean, who wants to remind the world what an awful place it has become? Leave it to Facebook to find the silver lining in every cloud of human misery. This years list seems plucked from a strange alternate universe of positivity, where every tragedy was really an opportunity for hugging and coming togetherness. For example, that mass shooting in Las Vegas that left dozens dead and triggered a ferocious, yet futile, debate over gun culture in the United States? In Facebookland, this becomes a tragic incident that motivated more than 3,300 people to offer help to their community through our Crisis Response tools on Facebook. Hooray for humans! The most talked about moment on Facebook was International Womens Day. This was a day fueled by protests around the world that highlighted sexual violence against women, income disparity, the Day Without Women movement in the U.S., and all sorts of grim reminders of the rampant gender inequality that still exits. On Facebook, however, this moment was described as people around the world talking, sharing, and posting in celebration of women and related issues.Related issues! Holy euphemism, Batman! The Womens March on DC in January was the largest gathering for a Facebook event in 2017. Facebook describes it thusly: This single event sparked more than 15,000 other local events to be created in different cities across the globe, bringing millions of people together from over 100 different countries for one of the largest global movements in recent history. Not noted: The event was sparked by anger over the presidential inauguration of an accused sexual harasser who was promising to roll back a wide range of protections for women. Yeah, that guy. Thus, the pussy hats. Other awful events, like the Earthquake in Mexico, Hurricane Harvey, and the Manchester bombing are remembered as moments, viewed through Facebook Goggles, when people came together to support one another in times of crisis. If one were to make a more realistic list, it might look more like this: Ok, now, everybody hug! And have a great 2018!
As the year comes to a close, annual wrap-ups are most companies favorite way of reminding us just how much we love using their services. Unfortunately, Facebooks Year In Review videos have the opposite effect on me. So prepare yourself because as of today, theyre back once again to clog up our newsfeed. Unlike Spotifys Yearly Wrapped playlist, Facebooks Year in Review videos always highlight the worst moments. Worse, theyre blended over a forgettable and utterly cheesy soundtrack. Populated using new friends youve made, happy birthdays you received, your most popular pictures and more social detritus to annoy your friends with, Facebook does a fabulous job at making your life seem like a terrible advertisement. Whats the point again? To view your depressing video, make sure youre logged into Facebook and head to https://www.facebook.com/yearinreview2017. Dont be alarmed if you get the below message. As I found out for myself, not everyones Year In Review is available at this very moment. Be thankful. Its true that some years are better than others. But each brings something to look back on and be thankful for. Year In Review videos, however, dont make me thankful; they make me want to delete my account.