Samir’s Selection 02/19/2013 (p.m.)
Walled-in: Life Without Facebook : zenhabits
“I quit Facebook because I wanted to live deliberately… the noise that builds up when we participate neck-deep in a social network…
in my experience, the noise of Facebook outweighs the signal about 10-to-1…My day is quieter now. I focus on more introspective stuff… I’m still able to express myself, even without Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Whatsapp (the latter three of which I’ve never joined). I express myself on this blog…
We are social creatures, and so it’s natural that we look to socialize online. But it’s a superficial socializing, with a comment here and there, a “like”, maybe a message or two to those we’re close with. It lacks the richness of a one-on-one tea session or workout or walk in the park.
We socialize, but do we fear being alone?
Is there something scary in an empty inbox? Are we bored to death without checking Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Tumblr other social sites?
Can we disconnect and face the fear of being by ourselves, without distractions, with nothing but the thing we want to create?
Simulating the singularity | ROUGH TYPE
“As more and more of our earthly self comes to be defined by our online profiles and postings, our digital garb, then it becomes a relatively easy task for a computer to replicate that self, dynamically and without interruption, after we’re gone. As long as you keep posting, updating, liking, and tweeting, spewing links to funny GIFs and trenchant longform texts, circulating the occasional, digitally fabricated instagram photo or vine video, your friends and acquaintances will never need know that your body has shuffled off the stage. For all social intents and purposes — and what other intents and purposes are there? — you’ll live forever.”
The Trouble With Online College – NYTimes.com
A Cosmic Pastoral: Diane Ackerman’s poems for the planets, which Carl Sagan sent Timothy Leary in prison | Brain Pickings
“I’ve always been baffled by people who write about nature only in terms of, say, junipers and cornfields, eschewing all things so-called ‘scientific,’ as if science were, per se, the spoil-sport of feeling. So wonderless a view of nature really doesn’t appeal to me; I don’t see the Universe divided up that way, into ‘The Junipers’ on the one hand and ‘The Amino Acids’ on the other.”
Who Pays the Corporate Income Tax – NYTimes.com
The Most Terrifying Drone Video Yet
Exposing One of China’s Cyber Espionage Units
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