The “Like” doesn’t mean what it used to anymore

September 22nd, 2017
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The “Like” (or the “Heart,” depending on your network of choice) is the basic unit of currency on social media. It’s a quick and easy measurement of post popularity. Using it as a gauge for a post’s quality, though, is a whole ‘nother discussion.

After all, the Like no longer means what it used to. These days, people use Likes more as a way of making a statement. Nowhere is this more true than in the political realm, where fanatics will mindlessly Like anything and everything that panders to them or the object of their devotion.

On his personal Facebook account, Janjan Gonzales shared a screenshot of a post he made on the Team Duterte for Federalism page:

According to Gonzales:

According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word “credulous” is an adjective for “Having or showing too great a readiness to believe things.


Merriam-Webster defined it as “Ready to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence.”


And the Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “Too willing to believe what you are told and so easily deceived.” Synonyms and related words for “credulous” are “gullible,” “stupid,” and “silly.”


A Team Duterte for Federalism follower named Mark Ascano Kent, after finding out they’d been had, commented:


The value of a “Like” on Facebook may have decreased but it still serves an important purpose: It gives us insight about the post being liked, and, more tellingly, about the people giving the like.

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