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EVERY TIME I THINK OF GOING BACK ON TWITTER…

November 24th, 2016

So, you know I ditched both Twitter and Facebook more than three years ago, but occasionally I think about returning. Thankfully, on this Thanksgiving, someone writes a post or an article reinforcing my position that all social media (not just Twitter and Facebook) are addictive time sucks designed to be addictive time sucks and, like […]

THIS MAY BE THE BEGINNING OF THE END…

October 22nd, 2016

That was how Bob Greene finished a piece more than 30 years ago in the 6 March 1985 issue edition of The Chicago Tribune under the headline: Portable Phone Tolls For Thee, America. That fall, in a longer piece for his American Beat column in Esquire, Greene reached another (I paraphrase here because the text […]

[UPDATED] MAKING THE CASE FOR BEING BORED…

October 20th, 2016

I found this podcast series via James Hamblin’s video for The Atlantic titled: Creative Ideas Happen When You Stop Checking Your Phone that features Note To Self host Manoush Zomorodi and artist Nina Katchadourian. (Katchadourian was one of Walter Mischel subjects in the marshmallow study.) I was taken by her exercise for creating a state […]

IF YOU DON’T LIKE ZUCKERBERG’S RULES, LEAVE…

September 9th, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg just gave people yet another reason to ditch their Facebook accounts; but they won’t. Facebook is not a public utility or a government service. Facebook is a corporation selling a service—access to and information about users—to advertisers and as such is under no obligation to anyone not paying their fare. Zuckerberg’s house, Zuckerberg’s […]

WHAT? YOU THOUGHT FREE MEANT FREE…? LOL…!

August 26th, 2016

Never accept any gift that you’re not prepared to either pay for at some future time or hand back and walk away from. TANSTAAFL So, Facebook drones are upset. Dan Tynan, in WhatsApp privacy backlash: Facebook angers users by harvesting their data for The Guardian writes: Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Facebook rolls […]

WOULD YOU READ THAT BOOK…? OF COURSE NOT…

June 30th, 2016

Want proof positive that you’re addicted to Magic I? Take the Ansari test. Cal Newport, writing in Aziz Ansari Ignores His Email tags this bit of wisdom from Aziz: Like, here’s a test, OK. Take, like, your nightly or morning browse of the Internet, right? Your Facebook feed, Instagram feed, Twitter, whatever. OK if someone […]

THIS HAD MY STUDENTS TALKING ALL DAY…

March 9th, 2016

[Update at 0300 on 10 March: Larry Wilmore piled on.] When the first students brought this story to me today I didn’t believe the claim. By the end of the day they wanted to talk about nothing but the claim that Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer. These are the kids who mostly give me […]

PUT DOWN THE SOCIAL MEDIA…

July 16th, 2014

30 days ago, I made the decision to give up social media for a month. Well, here I am, reporting that I’m still alive and that the past month has been life changing – the most successful month of my existence. [snip…] The benefits were immediately apparent. With a mind free to wander and explore, […]

IS IT REAL OR IS IT THE NSA…?

April 5th, 2014

Glenn Greenwald writes: This week, the Associated Press exposed a secret program run by the U.S. Agency for International Development to create “a Twitter-like Cuban communications network” run through “secret shell companies” in order to create the false appearance of being a privately owned operation. Unbeknownst to the service’s Cuban users was the fact that […]

SOCIAL MEDIA, SOCIAL DISEASE, SOCIAL SCOURGE…

December 27th, 2013

DON’T WANT FILTERING THROUGH PRISM…?

June 9th, 2013

Perhaps when enough people begin to avoid those internet companies that kowtow to the draconian Bush-Obama privacy regime, free markets will assert themselves, but until then Salon has a few tips. I’ve been toying with different search engines of late and I glommed onto this bit. Obviously, Google, Yahoo, and Bing are out of the […]

FACEBOOK AND TWITTER: GONE, GONE, GONE…

March 17th, 2013

This morning I decided that Facebook and Twitter are distractions in my life. I’ve deleted both. I invited all of my Facebook friends to an event as a way of announcing my departure and I’ve uploaded this post to Twitter to let my followers there know as well. I’m undecided about Have Coffee Will Write […]

JUNK FOOD IS KILLING ME (US)…

December 9th, 2012

When asked how I managed to shed 80 pounds in nine months my first response is always: I stop eating junk food. Watching Emily Bazelon’s presentation on girls with Autism lead me to this quote from Clifford Nass: Our research shows a link between face-to-face contact and good relationships because that’s the best way to […]

MEET THE NEW MEDIA, SAME AS THE OLD MEDIA…

August 10th, 2012

As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there’s a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a “filter bubble” and don’t get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.

MY FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PROBLEM…

August 8th, 2012

Today is a particularly bad (good?) day for me, Twitter and Facebook because my very limited list of friends have linked to/featured the following stories that are just interesting enough to suck me down the rabbit hole. Here’s the list: Boy Scout Moms for Equality 1024-1039 (This will show up later todaty in an omnibus […]

I’M DONE (SORT OF) WITH FACEBOOK…

June 3rd, 2012

Fr: Jeff Hess To: All my Facebook friends Re: My Facebook evolution As I indicated above, I’m done (mostly, sort of) with Facebook. I’ve yet to meet anyone who won’t admit that Facebook is a huge time suck and that if they had the discipline they wish they had, they’d be focused elsewhere during the […]

HAVE YOU SOLD YOUR TRASH ON EBAY…?

March 27th, 2012

In my quest to Get Myself Up From Egypt — four years and running — I’ve toyed with the idea of hitting up people on eBay who, insanely enough, would actually pay money for my accumulated salvage, but never done much more than glance at the site and read Adam Baker’s post on A Minimalist’s […]

MONEY OFF THE TABLE AND HELLO FBI PERSON…

March 8th, 2012

I’ve fallen in love with RSAnimate’s white-board talks — think of them as TED Talks with cooler graphics — partly because they strive for helpful smacks upside your head that make clearer those facts you think you know that just aren’t so which are the ultimate danger in life. Dan Pink makes the case that […]

CAVANA FAITHWALKER ASKS…

November 10th, 2011

Men and women communicate quite differently; we use language differently;True? by Cavana Faithwalker on Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 7:07am “For example, women use language as primarily a way of establishing connections, interdependence, and negotiating relationship. Conflict is a real threat to connection and therefore to be avoided at all costs. Women typically shun confrontations. […]

WAY COOLER (LITERALLY) THAN A PARKING LOT…

July 29th, 2011

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