Facebook is a mixed blessing. While it has brought innumerable people together, it has also created a generation of narcissists posting every second of their existence in the hopes that one of their “friends” will validate them with a comment, a like, or (less commonly) a poke. It has changed social interaction in a profound way; time will tell if this is a permanent thing or not.
One good thing that Facebook has done is allow my friend and I to banter our faces off when things are slow during the day. This fellow works with a lot of people that… how shall I say this… enjoy the sound of rolling dice whilst wearing horned helmets and pretending to drink mead. It can be a bit irritating to listen to recaps of their nightly adventures through the Dungeons and Dragons universe, and that can manifest itself into some snide Facebook posts. And, being a bit of a banterer, I can’t help but comment back. An example of this follows.
I recognize the irony of this conversation. Clearly, my friend and I know enough about role playing games in general to make specific jokes. I feel that this counts as targeted mockery rather than hidden homage, but it’s a fine line.