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October 23, 2012

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The Book of Annoyance: Entry Seven – Social Media

Our old friend social media. Where would our lives be without thee? Remember the days when we had attention spans? Or how about when we could read something longer than 140 characters?

Commentary, Culture
{Fiction} The Scar Maker

{Fiction} The Scar Maker

“I’ll scar you for life.” That was The Scar Maker’s professional promise. Then he’d add, “I’ll make you interesting. For just $69.99.” He launched this business venture once tattoos ceased to be edgy. Tattoos, he realized, were no longer badges of youthful rebellion. They were time stamps of faded youth.

Fiction, Literature
Five Takes On Digital Boringness

Five Takes On Digital Boringness

The Internet is over 40 years old; the World Wide Web, over 20. Google has made the Internet navigable. Apple has made it portable. Facebook has made it social. So, it’s all happened, then? Maybe that’s why we keep encountering more of the same.

Culture, Digital
Honey, I Shrunk The #Words

Honey, I Shrunk The #Words

“Flash fiction,” as an example of miniature literature, is not new, and antedates social media. But, the advent of Facebook and Twitter, and its clones, may have, fanned the trend toward pithiness. They have fostered a written culture where brevity trumps it all.

Culture, Digital
A Victorian’s Guide to the Digital Galaxy

A Victorian’s Guide to the Digital Galaxy

The term “Website” is outrageously passé, isn’t it? It doesn’t quite capture and describe what they are. Regardless of what one calls them—cloud-based platforms, mobile apps, Web services, social networks—they are certainly sprouting with a feral intensity, almost with impunity.

Culture, Digital
RIP Facebook

I Broke Up With Facebook

I deactivated Facebook recently. I won’t spend much time proselytizing about it, because people seem to get pretty touchy and self-righteous about this topic. Let’s just say I was sick of it, and I felt ready for a change.

Commentary, Culture, Digital
Eulogy for 2011

Hungover at the Funeral: 2011 in Retrospect

Like any good cliché narrative, the story of 2011 begins where it ends.

Commentary, Culture
To Like and To "LIKE"

To Like and To “LIKE”

If I truly like it, I won’t ever “like” it. That’s the mantra I abide by in my life in the digital plane.

Culture, Digital

The Zouch Pamphlet, Uncategorized
{Memoir} This Is My Proof

{Memoir} This Is My Proof

“I believed, by way of contemplating the future, that we would all be around for one another’s funerals.” - Joan Didion, “After Henry”

Literature, Memoir

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