If you logged into Facebook in the last few weeks, chances are you’ve seen at least one of the “9 Bands” posts. If not, it is a copy-and-paste interaction where you are asked to write a list of ten bands you have seen live in concert. The catch is that one of them is a lie. It is then the job of your friends to guess which band you have not, in fact, seen live. If the majority of your friends are musicians (like mine are) you read a bazillion lists.
These Facebook “fads” pop up where you change your profile picture in support of something, or #ThrowbackThursday, or “Describe Yourself in 3 Fictional Characters,” the list goes on. These are equal parts interesting and annoying. It gives us all a chance to see each other in a different light, and it’s fun to have an excuse to be vulnerable or brag a little. For instance, “9 Bands” gave people a cool reason to talk about the live musicians they have seen and it was really interesting to see what sort of music your friends are into.
One friend of mine took this prompt in another direction, simply stating “I’m just happy to see people are seeing 9 bands live.” It really made me think, not only is this SUCH a true statement, but it also made me realize that these sometimes annoying prompts can trigger some really wonderful conversation. In this case, how the arts, and specifically live music, are still such a prominent and valued part of our culture. Social media makes it easy to stay surface level, but I would venture to say there is a lot more depth to what’s behind our participation in these fads. So next time you see a trendy hashtag or copy/paste fad start trending on your feed, consider going beyond what might be your first instinct, dig a little deeper, and surprise all of those Facebook friends of yours with something so simple they can’t help to be inspired.
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