Those of our readers who are old enough to remember the Godfather films might recall Michael Corleone, at the beginning of Godfather III, bemoaning his inability to leave the mob: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”
That’s the situation in which Belinda McKenzie currently finds herself. As we said yesterday, she had decided that the only way to continue manipulating her 1,000+ Facebook friends in private, and avoid having her enemies the Shadow People (*cough*) discuss her every move, would be to leave Facebook altogether.
Now, though, she’s finding it more difficult than she thought to ditch her account.
Belinda, let’s be honest: are you really having trouble leaving Facebook because you can’t manage to find the “delete my account” button…or is there some part of you which really wants to stay? After all, where else will you find the instant gratification of dozens of friends (well, several friends) piling on to sympathise and beg you not to leave?
But Belinda’s problem, it seems, is less about blocking her enemies, and more about identifying them:
Yes, it might be “just 1 troll amongst the 1000+”…or it might be a few. It might even be (gasp!) someone you know and trust! Hard to say, really.
And here we come to the crux of the matter: it’s not the trolling to which Belinda objects; it’s the fact that some of what she says might wind up incriminating her in court. Heaven forfend!
The funny thing is, just as most normal people are not personally acquainted with any paedophiles, most normal people don’t engage in activities which, if scrutinised by the police or courts, might land them in serious legal difficulties.
Not that we’re telling Belinda how she ought to live her life, of course, but perhaps she might wish to consider not breaking the law, nor encouraging other people to do so. This would solve many of her problems, both on and off Facebook.
We confess we actually guffawed when we read that Belinda is “afraid of offending others”. No reason, it just struck us as funny, that’s all.
In any case, it seems that in preparation for shutting down her Facebook profile, Belinda is doing what all normal people do: saving everything on her account onto a disc (seriously? people still use those?) “in case anything is needed for possible trial purposes”. See previous remarks about normal people’s Facebook pages.
So there you have it. She’s doing her best to leave, but just…can’t…quite…do it.
All together now: “AWWWWWWWW…”