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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
A Tweetworthy Book Review: The Restricted Airspace of “Dreamland”

A Tweetworthy Book Review: The Restricted Airspace of “Dreamland”

“Dreamland” by Phil Patton is a literary M.R.I. of a place, only 83 miles from Las Vegas that didn’t officially exist for a long time. The book explores the mystery surrounding an area in the desert reaches of southern Nevada that’s been the subject of endless speculation.

Books, Reviews
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
Critics Or Tweeps? Who's Stronger?

Critics Or Tweeps? Who’s Stronger?

In a recent essay in The New York Times, Anne Trubek writes about contemporary writers tweeting as a way of “socializing” with their readers.

Culture, Digital

The Zouch Pamphlet, Uncategorized
{Digital Culture} It's Not Twitter, It's Us

{Digital Culture} It’s Not Twitter, It’s Us

The Twitterverse has become a crowded place, bursting with the gabbing of some 100 million “active users”, each screaming to be heard over the din.

Commentary, Culture
Fame Is But A Statistical Feat

Fame Is But A Statistical Feat

The nature of fame has changed; no longer are celebrities recognized because they are talented, they are famous, amazingly, just for being famous.

Commentary, Culture, Digital

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