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I Quit Liking Things On Facebook for Two Weeks (Here’s How It Changed My View of Humanity)

Elan Morgan writing on Medium:

I considered quitting Facebook altogether even before people’s asinine reactions to Ferguson began cropping up.  My frustration stemmed from the fact that my Newsfeed read like bad television re-runs.  Most of my acquaintances seemed to be shouting over Buzzfeed and TouchOfModern ads, not to communicate, but simply to be heard.  It was stressful.  It was boring.  It also made me compulsive to check something with little to no value.  This was, perhaps, the most depressing and perverse realization.

Morgan’s article has helped me rediscover the value in Facebook as a communicative medium, as well as evaluate the relationships I use it for.  Like her, I see a marked change in what kind of content is presented to me.  Virtually all the links to Buzzfeed and Upworthy are gone, and my Newsfeed resembles something closer to what it was in 2009—with real people having real discussions.  While the idealist in me would like to give up the Facebook ghost (maybe I will one day) I feel as though it keeps me informed on 1) invitations to events in my social circles 2) an extended address book/photo album 3) a place to synthesize/track the development of my connections from high school, college, and law school without the nightmare that is LinkedIn.

Facebook may not be perfect, but giving up the impersonal nature of the “Like” button has made it a much more personal experience for me.  Maybe it can do that for you as well.

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The Sound of Settling: Looking Ahead to Death Cab For Cutie’s Post–Chris Walla Future

Ian Cohan writing for Grantland:

It is going to be interesting to hear Death Cab For Cutie without Chris Walla’s deft touch.  I disagree with Cohan that the group’s post-Plans material is a mixed bag, particularly because of Narrow Stairs’ expansiveness.  However, for as much as I loved Codes & Keys, there was a kind of safety to that record that seems out of place in the Death Cab catalog.  Hopefully Walla’s departure makes them rethink their sound and their direction in an adventurous way.

In any event, I’ll be waiting with anticipation.  Transatlanticism was the first record I owned where I loved every single track.  It was a record that shook me, as I imagine it shook others that came of age in the early 2000s.  The idea of a perfect album, from construction to content, is something that’s really stayed with me throughout my listening.  Death Cab For Cutie really made their mark with that record, and I’ll always be interested in their output for that reason—regardless of the personal sentimentality I have for their seminal work.

Tragic Times in America

Ben Brooks over at The Brooks Review has outlined what troubles me most about this Ferguson situation.  Of particular note:

If the government is aiming for a police state, we’re halfway there.  After all, the Constitution is just a peace of paper unless good people are willing to enforce it.  The apathy and the ignorance that every level of government has displayed in handling this situation is cause for serious concern.

How to Be Polite

Paul Ford writing on Medium:

I get frustrated when people conflate chivalry with politeness.  Chivalry was a concept that carved out social responsibility in a sea of oppression.  It was a code of conduct that allowed for the private harassment of women while displaying them as objects publicly.  No thanks.  Being polite, on the other hand, requires some level of empathy and respect for the person you’re engaging—to value their experiences and their life on terms that are not your own.  To be polite, therefore, is to listen, while chivalry calls for generalized action in the face of reinforced prejudices.

So the next time someone bemoans that chivalry is dead, ask them if they’d like to buy a corset and revive it.