Nov 162015

Facebook wasn’t a great place for political discussion when I left two years ago. I think it’s gotten worse since, actually.

I’ve actually lamented here before that the political exchange on Facebook is a dangerous one because, above and beyond the risk of damaged personal relationships, it carries with it the illusion that you’ve actually engaged.

It’s a great thing for a viewpoint to withstand genuine critical and examination and survive. But that’s nearly never what happens on Facebook, is it? Ever see a mind changed? I have, but it’s rare. Most of the time there’s a lot of red meat flying around, with negligible persuasion occurring. Then, slink off. Last time until the next time.

I’m trying to stay mostly out of it this time around on Facebook. I mean, I’m not keeping secrets. I call myself what I believe I am on my profile, and sometimes a like or comment on someone else’s stuff might tip my hand. But I just don’t want to spend extended time on Facebook arguing politics. is a good place for it, though!

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Nov 102015

I’ve not looked too deeply into the precise origin of the notion that plain red cup wrappers instead of red cup wrappers with snowflakes are an attack on Christmas, but I’ve picked up enough here and there to be satisfied that it’s not as presented. It’s viral marketing, or a joke, or something similar. The […]

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