The ‘Like’ on Facebook

What exactly do we like, when we click on ‘Like’ on FB?

I sometimes see the interesting scenario of people ‘liking’ an update from a poster (the person who posts) who is ill, or has had a run of bad luck, or something like that. And I can’t help wondering: What exactly are these people ‘liking’?

I seriously think that FB should give us another sympathy button which means something like ‘Cheer up’, ‘Hang in there’, ‘Poor girl’, ‘Don’t worry’, etc., so that we don’t appear to be building our happiness on other people’s suffering.

like at CIY u

From Carmen Lee’s presentation on digital language/ symbols in the public spaces in Hong Hong, The 5th International Roundtable on Discourse Analysis; City University of Hong Kong, May 23-25, 2013.

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