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A Digital Relation to the Universe

Matt's essay concludes our discussion of "Localist Social Media." You can view all the essays in this symposium here.    When I first submitted my attempt...

Sparking Little Platoons

When I became a Washington, D.C. newsroom intern, Twitter usage was mandatory (primarily so that we could help run the magazine’s Twitter account). I...

Marginalia

I was a bit surprised that Matt directed his critique at Twitter rather than at other forms of social media. At least Twitter isn’t...

What Tolkien Can Teach Us About Twitter

In December of 2016, I observed, alluding to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, that Twitter was akin to Trump’s ring of power. My point...

In Praise of Boredom

G. K. Chesterton reproached the modern experience of boredom. In Heretics, he declares: There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the...

Alone Together on the Internet

The happy traveler is apt to become even happier as he crosses a state line into Vermont or Maine. These two misfits of the...

Big Other is Watching. Hallelu!

All hail Big Other, in whom we live and move and have our being. All hail Big Other, from whom so many blessings flow. All hail...

Talking about Wendell Berry on Twitter

Matt Stewart hasn't convinced everyone, and we'll be running further responses to his piece over the next couple of weeks--including essays from those who...

The Irony of Twitter

Several years ago I followed an exchange on Twitter between two academics. Both were lamenting the (in their view) low quality work done by...