2012elections

The First Facebook Generation Election Is Going To Be Amazing

If the world saw your Facebook page, could you get elected to public office?

The premise of the Onion’s “report” is perhaps true at this very moment: The embarrassing shit basically everybody under the age of 35 has posted on Facebook would probably make them unelectable today, if a political opposition research team got a hold of their profile.

But norms change. Yesterday’s career-killing scandal is today’s single-day news blip, reported and basically forgotten within the same 24-hour span. And if everybody’s had their photos taken with a six-foot bong named Goliath or videos doing keg stands posted all the over internet, that’s not unacceptable behavior, it’s simply normal.

“I’m just like you, I grew up on the internet” will be the new “I grew up in a small town.” It’s the people who don’t have a Facebook profile that are gonna be the weirdos — if you don’t have an internet presence, you’re clearly the one with something to hide.

And I can’t wait to see who the presidential candidates of 2040 really are.

theonion.com

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