Living in the real world and the virtual one may be more than my simple mind can handle. My fear gets worse when I realize the virtual world is split in two — between the worldwide web and the dark web. Add to that bifurcation, my need to remember there are two kinds of mo
I am sick of Facebook. I’m tired of its cutesy messages. I don’t want to celebrate the fact that Rudolf Valentino and I have been friends for 3 days. Nor do I want reports on the number of “likes” my comments receive in a week. Frankly, Facebook, I don’t give a damn.
We’ve come a long way from the Arab Spring when Facebook’s technology and that of other social media platforms stirred and facilitated freedom lovers. Those who supported democratic movements thought they were witnessing technology’s miracle: the ability for ordinar
I recently read about an actor, Aziz Ansari, who has unplugged from the internet and rejoices in the freedom it’s given him, not only in time, but in his choice of activities. “I’m reading like three books right now.” (“People,” The Week, Sept. 2017, pg. 10.) Of course
I saw several references to PewDiePie on Facebook, recently, and also in the gossip area of my Yahoo page. Whether the name belonged to a person or a dessert, I didn’t know and didn’t much care. But the buzz grew until it piqued my curiosity. For my readers, many of whom are
Recently, a woman on Facebook admitted she received most of her news from social media. If true, she is making a couple of mistakes. First, she is foreclosing on ideas outside her narrow group of like-minded friends. Second, she’s vulnerable to fake news, much of it propagan
A blog reader wrote to thank me for sharing the latest PEW Research Center’s survey about Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations. In the main, the attitudes expressed there were similar to those found in the PEN survey I discussed earlier. (Bog 12/2/13) Snowden’s revelations about t