Facebook versus the Epiphanator

Friday, February 03, 2012


As popular as Facebook is, it has its share of detractors, especially among public intellectuals. Novelist Jonathan Franzen spoke for many when he said that platforms like Facebook are “great allies and enablers of narcissism" and that "to friend a person is merely to include the person in our private hall of flattering mirrors.” Where’s this frustration coming from? Is it fair? Writer Paul Ford talks to Brooke about an essay he wrote last year that sought to answer that question.

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Wahoo from LAX

"Dining at the country club with my husband ... Beautiful view from the veranda .. At LAX ready for takeoff ... Just got upgraded ..." God help the narcissists that broadcast this kind of wretched pablum on Facebook. Do they realize how pathetic they look? Clearly not.

Aug. 24 2012 06:16 PM

Ironically, I am going to share this interview on Facebook...

Feb. 06 2012 01:05 PM

You have someone on to dismiss Facebook's critics, but none of the critics themselves. This entire show sounded like a commercial for Facebook. No hard questions were even asked (e.g. what are the consequences of turning human relationships into a form of commercial entertainment? do we want to construct our identities around their marketability? If no one has secrets, what does honsty even mean? & many more).

Maybe you should change the name of your show to "From the Media," since it increasingly limits itself to the media's view of itself.

Feb. 05 2012 11:09 AM

My work requires that I monitor FB (and even post occasionally) but when that changes I'll delete my account and never look back. So much to hate about it, starting with the people who feel compelled to share pictures of what they made for lunch (and the people who feel compelled to COMMENT upon this) but here are my Top Two Peeves:

- The people who post a tease like "Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. " Others respond "Oh gosh...what's the matter?!?" Then the poster has to (pretend to) be coaxed to spill the beans about their Trauma of the Day.

- At the other end of the spectrum: The people whose posts invent a confident, happy public persona emulated by their 11,543 "Friends" but who still share all their Traumas of the Day with me in a personal email.

Yep...I'm a grumpy old gal sitting on my porch yelling at the kids to get off my lawn!

Feb. 05 2012 10:52 AM

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