EDITORIAL – What we learned about ourselves in the Great Facebook Crash

An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

WHEN FACEBOOK WENT DOWN we all did our best to get through it. We even tried to laugh.

My favourite came from Kamloops school trustee and law professor John O’Fee, who posted when it was all over: “My next door neighbor knocked on my door with a plate of food in her hands. With Instagram and Facebook down she wanted me to know what she was having for dinner.”

Fact is, though, it was stressful. I like to think I’m not co-dependent on Facebook but I spent a lot of time logging in and out, rebooting my computer, opening and closing, trying in vain to check Messenger.

Should I uninstall, re-install and try again? Where was I supposed to get my quota of cute puppy photos?

I like to check on what the trolls are saying from time to time, and I wondered what kind of day they were having with nowhere to vent. Did they start phoning people and leaving anonymous rants on voicemail? Or mailing insulting postcards?


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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