As someone who has spent up to a half an hour pouring over a thesaurus looking for a word with exactly the right flavor, I am astounded at the heavy lifting Facebook's "Like" button accomplishes1.
I'm sure I'm not the first person to notice or even write about the versatility of the ubiquitous little 'thumbs-up.' It can mean anything from "Hey there, hot stuff!" to "Well, that is one darn cute kiddo you got there." to "I agree" or even "I AGREE!" to a conveyance of empathy or sympathy or outrage to "This meme made me laugh." All that, and more, and all with a click of the mouse.
Look down below this post. There are -essentially- four flavors of 'Like2' for you to choose from. I can't say whether or not this is better for literacy or worse, or if it's just merely another phase of communication produced by the accelerated world of digital life. Is it a fad? Maybe. Maybe not.
But I gotta say, I like it.
1 - Originally I had typed "pulls off," but I knew that didn't feel right.
2 - Feel free to click one, and let me know you love me. I also accept cash provided the bills are in small denominations with non-sequential serial numbers.
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