The unvarnished private thoughts and opinions

“I, like all other human beings, expose to the world only my trimmed and perfumed and carefully barbered public opinions and conceal carefully, cautiously, wisely, my private ones.” — Mark Twain Tough in the age of social media. My opinions aren’t exactly carefully barbered, but they are somewhat cut to look a little neater.

The last ten years have re-wired us, Part 4

Part 1Part 2Part 3 In his article, “Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid,” Jonathan Haidt has laid out the case for the downfall of practical thinking and directly correlates it to the rise of social media. He likens it to the Tower of Babel, how we all communicated withContinue reading “The last ten years have re-wired us, Part 4”

The last ten years have re-wired us, Part 2

Part 1 is HERE. I want to walk through Jonathan Haidt’s article because it is worth breaking down and considering. BONUS: Haidt gives possible solutions for discussion, which is a highlight of his writing. What social media created any 2012 were new algorithms to play UP posts that would create hate and animosity. The goalContinue reading “The last ten years have re-wired us, Part 2”

The last ten years have re-wired us

In February 2012, as he prepared to take Facebook public, Mark Zuckerberg reflected on those extraordinary times and set forth his plans. “Today, our society has reached another tipping point,” he wrote in a letter to investors. Facebook hoped “to rewire the way people spread and consume information.” By giving them “the power to share,”Continue reading “The last ten years have re-wired us”

The love/hate relationship with social media

How many times I’ve tried to quit social media… and failed. I take breaks. I look in less often… and yet, there it is. Do I stay engaged? There are times when it irritates the living daylights out of me because there is far too much lack of discernment about those I thought to beContinue reading “The love/hate relationship with social media”