Jamaica’s Online Community Had No Mercy, On Grace

Unless you are living under the ‘Tobago side of Trinidad’, you would have heard of how lovely Grace Jackson’s commentary at the Rio Olympics have been. So the Olympics are officially over and I have not been sleeping well since then. I miss the soothing voice of Grace, her accurate analysis of the races and her use of repetition to ensure we never miss her point.

Grace Jackson is a well decorated, retired Jamaican athlete who competed in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic games. She earned a silver medal in the 1988 Olympic games in the 200m. She placed second in that event, behind the first place finisher.

Our Jamaican language focuses on repetition for emphasis and clear understanding. For example if we wanted to say ‘That is a very big tree’ we may say ‘It is a big, big tree’. So it was no surprise to me that Grace, an authentic Jamaican, would repeat a few words.

It was a great honor for Grace to be selected to do the commentary at the Rio Olympics this year. Given her experience in the participation and administration of athletics, no one dared to question her competence or request any vetting. We didn’t know what to expect, but she did her job and she did it …graciously.

The online community in Jamaica, however, had a grand time mocking Grace for what they perceived to be the worst commentary of all time. How rude. Some of the popular tweets can be seen below:

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Okay, so they are hilarious!

It is said that when in Jamaica, do what the Jamaicans do. So I had my fair share of the fun as I tweeted the following:

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I trust they will do the right thing and allow her to commentate during the Japan Olympics 2020.

 

– Aldeam Facey 2016 (Satire)

 

Facebook Likes And Pokes: What Do They Mean?

So there I was, stalking her on Facebook. She is so beautiful, captivating and intelligent. I had been stalking her for years, too shy to make a move. I often wondered if she would like a shy guy, the kind of guy, who would always be her’s. Oh Lawd have mercy… mercy ….mercy! I just had to have her. One day she posted a picture! I swooped in for the kill. LIKE! I liked her picture and to seal the deal I made a comment in the event the ‘like’ got ‘lost’. “This is lovely, I REALLY like this”. She innocently replied ‘Aww thanks’, not knowing the large number of babies I wanted to make with her. Her interpretation of the ‘like’ was completely different when compared to mine. This got me thinking, what does a like mean?

I’ve seen posts on Facebook of mass shootings and acts of terrorism receive likes. I can recall posting a story of my grandfather’s death and it received many likes. Does that mean they like the fact that I shared the story, or do they like the story itself? I don’t believe these people ‘like’ the occasion. In such a case a ‘support’ button would be more applicable.

Pokes, what are they? At first I thought it was a way to keep in ‘touch’ with friends with whom you don’t really want to have a conversation. Then I thought it was a weird way for a really shy guy to tell a girl he likes her. But I’ve been poking this girl back and forth for about two years now and it has not yet been fruitful. It’s time we turn that virtual poke into a literal one if you know what I mean. Giggidy!

What does a like or a poke mean for you?

 

-Aldeam Facey 2016