Tag Archives: FaceBook

Paradox of the Book—the chaos of the Internet makes reading easier.

Essay found here:

Plato is smarter than you. That’s how an experienced teacher once began a series of lectures on the Greek philosopher. And a good beginning it was, for it put students on notice that, as they read, their first duty was to attend and learn. Plato didn’t have the final word—there would be Aristotle, Epicurus, and others—but no one could enter that ancient conversation without conning the books.

Same with us, only we have a problem: Compared even with people half-a-generation back, we lack the necessary time and patience. We read plenty, but it’s mostly skimming online news and compressed Twitter or Facebook messages. What’s needed, David Mikics argues, is a return to the close-reading practices inculcated by teachers whose influence might be said to have peaked in the 1950s and declined in the late ’60s, with the shift to a politicized pedagogy. That shift changed the game, and many English departments now prefer the label “cultural studies,” not least because it allows them to jettison traditional poems and stories for the sake of TV, hip-hop, fashion ads, graphic novels, and comic books—whatever facilitates (as in “makes facile”) sloganizing about gender, race, and class.

Why people post so many annoying personal status updates

From Barking Up The Wrong Tree—I suspect that many people will find the answer provided as “annoying.”



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Why social media isn’t the magic bullet for self-epublished authors

From the Guardian, first published online by Ewan Morrison.

Another tech bubble? A critical look at the whole social media sales pitch, which should make my consultant friends at the Colorado Independent Publisher’s Association squirm.

It will burst within the next 18 months. The reason is this: epublishing is inextricably tied to the structures of social media marketing and the myth that social media functions as a way of selling products. It doesn’t, and we’re just starting to get the true stats on that. When social media marketing collapses it will destroy the platform that the dream of a self-epublishing industry was based upon.


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Is the Web Driving Us Mad?

From The Daily Beast,

Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness, Tony Dokoupil reports.

As one commenter said, “Everything in moderation.”

An update: Proof?

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Does Facebook Turn People Into Narcissists?

A brief article from The New York Times suggests that it’s not necessarily so that narcissism drives our Facebook activities. But apparently Twitter is more appealing to the self-absorbed.

I wonder if “studies” of such earthshaking matters are led by self-important narcissists.

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Why the online obsession with revealing every detail of your life?

From the Guardian, an excerpt:

Facebook and Spotify automatically want to share my every waking action…Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for sharing thoughts, no matter how banal (as every column I have ever written rather sadly proves). Humans will always babble. If someone wants to tweet that they can’t decide whether to wear blue socks or brown socks, then fair enough. But when sharing becomes automated, I get the heebie-jeebies. People already create exaggerated versions of themselves for online consumption: snarkier tweets, more outraged reactions. Online, you play at being yourself. Apply that pressure of public performance to private, inconsequential actions – such as listening to songs in the comfort of your own room – and what happens, exactly?

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Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?

Huh? Two articles, one from the Atlantic and another from The Week address the subject. My question: How can Facebook make us anything, except perhaps stupid for spending too much time on it?

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A Completely Unscientific (Yet Accurate) Look at Social Sites

From Brainz, an “analysis” of digg, redditt, Propeller, Slashdot, myspace, Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter. I use Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter, but the vast majority of my content is from this blog and my daily posts here automatically post on those three social sites. (It reduces the time on the computer.)

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