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For Limited Audience - Writing Lacks Some Polish
on February 10, 2013
Say what you will about Facebook; sometimes it gives really funny people an outlet to make other people laugh. Through status updates, we can share how we're feeling, what we're eating, our views on life, or something truly random.
Marcus Matherne, who is a humor blogger, has taken his collection of status updates and turned it into a book. After each status update he provides witty, sometimes self-deprecating commentary about the status. It pokes fun at Facebook, as well, and the things all we FB addicts do online. (Farmville, quizzes, etc.)
I enjoy Matherne's sense of humor and I like the idea of telling a story through Facebook status. I'm not sure this was really a "story" per se, but rather a chronological look back through his life as seen on Facebook. To be honest, I kind of like this idea for myself. I'd like to take some of my funnier FB statuses (because I fancy myself as a bit of a humor writer myself at times) and put them into some kind of more permanent collection. If, for nothing else, for my own benefit. I like to go back and see my own personal history, or chuckle at something I wrote back in 2010.
Reading this is like reading a friend's Facebook wall in a creepy, stalker-like fashion, without the distraction of Bubble Witch Saga requests popping up from time to time. Except Matherne doesn't mind you being creepy or a stalker. I don't think, anyway.
The writing lacks some polish - it seems like Matherne just sat down and wrote some commentary after each of his statuses without going back and editing. It seems very "stream of consciousness" although he does come back to some common themes and tie certain statuses together (e.g. clipping toenails in a hotel room - you'll hear about it more than once!)
I'd recommend this for avid Facebookers with a sarcastic sense of humor.
I'm just sad he's not going to invite Hall and Oates to his party. (I'm a big fan.)