Facebook versus the Epiphanator

Friday, October 26, 2012

Transcript

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.

Guests:

Paul Ford

Hosted by:

Brooke Gladstone

Comments [1]

Steve Baldwin from Milwaukee

I enjoyed your show and your interview with Paul Ford. However, I do take issue with his comment about Times Square epiphanators. For me, the thing that differentiates on-line newspapers from Internet news “at large” is that most newspaper journalists know a lot more about their subjects than me or any of my friends. I trust them, and the competition between good news organizations, to assemble and synthesize the news in a way that elevates me to a higher level of awareness. In contrast, I find that other Internet sources, while information rich, provide only bits of facts and sometimes rumors that don’t become quality news until they are knowledgeably compiled.

Oct. 28 2012 09:47 PM

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