Friday, January 18, 2019

GoFundMe - Because Your Country is Broken

By now, it has become clear that crowdfunding platforms are a poor substitute for a functional government which provides basic human services to all Americans.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Facebook of Dorian Gray

In the era of social media, it's not difficult to see a parallel between Oscar Wilde's Gothic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and the ongoing Facebook trend called the "10 Year Challenge."

The digital zeitgeist of posting selfies, replete with filters and photo editing, often creates the pressure to project an ageless, flawless online identity.  This certainly brings to mind Dorian's eternally youthful outward projection - contrasting the haggard, rotting inner self which he conceals from the world.  As we post images of ourselves online, it's worth thinking about who we pretend to be... and who we actually are behind the screen.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

San Luis Valley Memes

Some friends from southern Colorado and I created a Facebook page to celebrate the challenges and quirks of living in the San Luis Valley.  Check it out!  San Luis Valley Memes on Facebook

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Ghosting - the Modern Ghost Story

In the 20th century, a ghost story involved someone who died but continued to haunt the living.

In the 21st century, a ghost story involves someone who is still alive but suddenly disappears to those around them.

The former is about a community so close-knit that people continue to interact even after death. The latter is about a community so fragmented and isolated that people stop interacting even while they're still alive.