the royal me

I’m starting to get concerned about Facebook’s role in popularizing the third person. “What are you doing right now?” is asks when I log in. It wasn’t so long ago that the third person was reserved for the truly eccentric or arrogant (Rickey Henderson, anyone?), but now, it’s become the preferred tense of the everyman.
I even hear it in my own inner dialog (“Katie is burning her toast.” “Katie needs to buy milk.” “Katie is not qualified to answer that question.”) and find myself wondering if these qualify as status updates, or if they are (like most of the ones I read) another example of oversharing on the Internet.

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