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My kind of social media

I’m antisocial. Sure, when I’m off at school it’s different. I’m in “people mode” so often that sometimes I forget just how much of an introvert I am. But when I’m home and in a social setting, that’s when I remember. At a party, I’m the one who sits in…

Free* Internet

I read an interesting opinion piece on Wired earlier today regarding Facebook’s “Internet.org,” an ambitious program aimed at connecting millions of off-the-grid individuals to the Internet in ways that could only be dreamed of a decade ago. At face value, it’s an incredible opportunity to provide the incalculable benefits of…

Inventing a Modern Holiday: May the 4th Be With You

May 4th was Star Wars Day, a day of commemoration for one of the most popular science fiction franchises in the world. How and why Star Wars Day came about is as intriguing as the fictional universe it celebrates. Until recently, holidays seemed to be immutable, days steeped in tradition…

Mileygram

My first girlfriend was a girl named Sara. We’d sit in the preschool hallways, hold hands, and sing “Nightmare Before Christmas” songs to each other. We might have kissed, but I’m not sure and I somehow doubt it. My greatest ambition in life at that time was to marry this…

The Internet’s Identity Theft

Whenever I feel like annoying my girlfriend, I bombard her with cryptic quotes. My personal favorite comes from the one and only Bob Dylan, who famously said, “All I can do is be me, whoever that is.” (Seriously, Dylan is full of gems. “The sun’s not yellow, it’s chicken” is…

Andrew Lyman (and finding a queer futurity in GIFs) | Kenta Murakami

I first saw Andrew Lyman’s photographs through the Facebook profiles of friends; art-school types who would congregate in Brooklyn for the summers, their profile pictures enough to leave me feeling like my life was devoid of the aesthetic, the cool, the… well… you know the type. At first glance I…

Digital Commemoration and an Online Afterlife, Part II

As the depth and complexities of living life online grow in magnitude, so does the urgency of developing ways to deal with death in a digital world. The need to manage death online has become more apparent with the rise of social media. Even before the social media age, email…

Mutilation Mile (and the Picture People Who Run It)

I’m a sucker for mirrors. Sometimes I get caught gazing into one while I’m sitting at a booth in a restaurant. Looking over the person I’m talking to, instead of into their eyes, checking out the guy in the mirror instead. He makes great eye contact. Narcissist, much? Yeah, but…