Masks – they allow people to be someone else – or it may be their actual face is the real mask.
A form of disguise. It is an object that is frequently worn over or in front of the face to hide the identity of a person and by its own features to establish another being. This essential characteristic of hiding and revealing personalities or moods is common to all masks. As cultural objects they have been used throughout the world in all periods since the Stone Age and have been as varied in appearance as in their use and symbolism.
Today the most common mask is Facebook – yep – I said it – a new symbolism for the mask.
Facebook allows people to sit behind a computer – protected from others – allowing people to be something they are not – allowing people to be their true self.
Anger, Hatred, Belittling – it is easy to do when using the Facebook mask – easy to do because one is sitting behind a computer.
Some masks, however, do represent malignant, evil, or potentially harmful spirits. These are often used to keep a required balance of power or a traditional social and political relationship of inherited positions within a culture. The characters depicted are also prescribed by tradition and enact roles to achieve the desired ends.
The Facebook mask achieved its goal – I still have an account – I rarely log in – I stopped paying attention to those wearing the masks – I deserve better – this is my desired end.