It’s not just celebrities and brands that were posting the jolliest pictures with the most generic and somehow sincere captions on Christmas that were making the internet such a happy place. Even the ‘influencers’ (who usually seem to dedicate their lives to trolling us all) were actually tweeting happy, positive things over Christmas.
On the internet, the Christmas period starts on Christmas Eve and is withering away by the 26th – with itis-induced discussions about the significance of Boxing Day/Day of Goodwill, usually. During these few days you’ll find that getting on the internet isn’t as taxing as it usually is. It’s a subtle but significant difference. People are talking about their holidays in exotic places and posting the accompanying exotic pictures to go with them. Your favourite celebrities post warm and fuzzy family portraits and living room selfies with their families– stirring up double the warm and fuzziness in all of us because first of all, they’re just like us! They just want to post fireplace images on Facebook so everyone can see how beautiful their families are, just like us! Plus, they actually are very beautiful and probably come from beautiful families too so their pictures are that much more heart-warming. In terms of post topics, usually, you either get the meaning of life and happiness or the thrill of adventure. So the pictures are beautiful, the captions are harmless and meaningless.
Even those who didn’t take the sentimental route to their holiday posts seemed to be in generally jolly moods…for the internet at least – there were more jokes, more memes, less bullying and less social justice mongering (not a judgement on the merit of either one of these, by the way). Speaking of judgement, what in the name of alcohol are you all doing to your G & Ts??
The only real negativity you’ll find is usually from people who generally don’t enjoy the holidays because they force them to confront toxic relationships, they trigger traumatic memories in them or they’re just plain lonely. But even these people usually speak up only to encourage resilience in anyone who isn’t having the best Christmas. There’s also usually some political BS, that no one has the energy to pay any attention to, going on too. But either one of these can only slightly dampen the mood for a short moment.
Unfortunately, this Christmas’s joy was diminished by the saddening news of the legendary artist and producer, Robbie Malinga’s death towards the end of Christmas day. The news was very sudden and saddening for the South African public. However, this collective sadness was somewhat comforting in the rare unity it brought about on the internet – I think we are all in agreement about the sorrow of seeing a legend pass away.
This post isn’t here to talk about how much better the internet is when everyone is happy and posts happy things because this intense general happiness just wouldn’t be real if it lasted longer than a few days. Some may even argue it’s not real even during that tiny period but that’s a whole other post all on its own. Such happiness would be similar to the happiness of an ostrich when it sinks its head underground and beneath the sand. I don’t like the idea of all that sand getting in odd places plus I like seeing, hearing, and speaking about the things around me so take this post as a shallow observation rather than judgement or criticism of the usual state of the internet.