Essays in a social world

I have advice for people who feel overwhelmed by what seems to be an onslaught of information that comes our way from what I’ll call the social media platform.  My word, or words, of advice?  Read longer articles.

Readers of this blog know I’ve been a recent user of Twitter and I can safely conclude after a short 6 months that it is a very useful application.  I’m stunned at how it has replaced for me the daily thorough reading of various newspapers.  In a weird way it has saved me tons of time by allowing me to curate my own content.

However, nothing fires the core of my intellect as does a well-written essay.  I’m an enormous admirer of that writing form in the fashion of icons like Lewis Lapham and Mark Twain and so I look forward to the weekend essay in the Wall Street Journal.  Last Saturday’s was an exceptional capture of most of my life, or at least millions of peoples’ lives across North America.  Crafted exquisitely and building relentlessly towards a conclusion you know in advance but can’t wait to read, pieces like the essay on class divergence in America force your eyes to stay on the page and your brain to stay in the game.

About Peter Armaly
I get jazzed by automation, big data, and blockchain tech. Business, technology, and fitness are things I understand. Scotch, wine, food, and fiction are things I appreciate.

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