Shakespeare Loves Facebook
I guess Shakespeare was right: All the world is a stage. And he didn’t know about Facebook.
I just wrote a note on Facebook to someone I knew in high school. We weren’t really friends; but our circle of friends sometimes overlapped, and during those times, we came close to friendship. Because of Facebook, he’s on my “stage” of life again, albeit as an “extra.”
I realize as a newcomer to Facebook, that I can find people who were on stage in my life at various points and have long ago “exited stage left.”
I found a girl I dated briefly in 1971; she’s married and lives in Florida. I found an old friend’s first wife who still lives in the town in which they lived in the 70s. She exited my stage a long time ago and while my old friend hasn’t quite exited, he’s walking fast in that direction.
But they remain on the larger stage of Facebook. And through Facebook, I can request their return to my stage. It’s like the central casting of Cyberspace.
They would return as extras, although they could be more. But the question for me – and for you – is why bring them back at all?
After all, we now have other important people on the stage of our lives and clutter is not conducive to telling a good story on stage.