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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…

Facebook Friends Unite!

I had an unusual thought last night, and I’m going to attribute it entirely to a book I’ve been reading by Alain de Botton called Status Anxiety. Suffice to say, the book is a relaxing explanation as to the causes of status anxiety (defined as being anxious because of the…

Wazed and Confused

A few weeks ago, I decided to download a Google-owned navigation app called Waze. I’d heard a lot about it from friends, and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it out. Coincidentally, I went on a trip to Delaware last week and I was able to put it to…

Digital Commemoration and an Online Afterlife

When Leonard Nimoy died on February 27th, response to his passing was swift as the news sent shockwaves through many online communities. A thousand players of the game Star Trek Online congregated at the planet Vulcan, homeworld of Nimoy’s character Spock, as a means to pay respect to the actor….

On Getting Older (and Balder)

When I was younger, I kept my hair pretty long. This served two functions: 1. It allowed me to hide from the world, because no teenage boy with acne actually thinks they’re good looking, and 2. It made my head look bigger. Which, for a comic book nerd, is kind…

The Walking Dead in a Digital America

The Walking Dead returned Sunday, February 8, 2015 for the second half of its fifth season. 15.6 million people tuned in. I was one of them. The show has a knack for subverting our expectations of a television show and what it should give us as viewers. A premiere, for…