You also have cities that simply die – Detroit,” adds Sassen. But if they’re out in the sticks, nobody powerful will hear them scream.
Facebook is the living dead: the most popular, least relevant social network where teenagers and adults alike gather out of fear of missing out on things that don’t even make them happy.
Amanda Hess, Teenagers Hate Facebook, but They’re Not Logging Off
Hess cites new Pew Study, Teens, Social Media, and Privacy by Mary Madden, Amanda Lenhart, Sandra Cortesi, Urs Gasser, Maeve Duggan, Aaron Smith. Facebook has become a social obligation, and has been colonized by disapproving, ever vigilant adults.
Facebook: land of the living dead
The great essayists are all virtuosi of opening sentences that pull you into the matter with a dead-on observed moment or an epigram.
Essay writing and reading is our resistance to the pygmy-fication of the language animal; our shrinkage into the brand, the sound bite, the business platitude; the solipsistic tweet. Essays are the last, heroic stand for the seriousness of prose entertainment; our best hope of liberating text from texting.
—Simon Schama ends his otherwise excellent meditation on writing, inspired by Orwell’s classic Why I Write, on a rather gimmicky note. Elsewhere in the essay, he bemoans “the dumbness of the 140-character rule.” And yet, what is a good tweet if not a “virtuoso opening sentence” that pulls you into the story being shared? (via explore-blog)
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