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Nothing Ever Dies on the Internet

I’m still playing ketchup with nablopomo, which sounds a bit like something you’d order in a Mexican restaurant, doesn’t it?

You can read today’s post in Abu Dhabi’s newspaper, where I’m writing about the eternal conflict between innocence (my almost thirteen year old son) and experience (me, aka cynical mommy).  Youth and innocence wants to believe that his friends would never, ever spread anything of his across the internet. Cynicism and bitterness says…nothing ever dies on the internet, so be careful.

Shockingly, I don’t think he believes me.

You can read the piece here

Continue Reading · on November 9, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, family, growing up, Kids, NaBloPoMo, Parenting, tech life, The National

Dave Eggers Has a New Book…and Big Brother look like a nice guy by comparison

I wrote a review of Dave Eggers’ new book, The Circle, for the newspaper here, and in their quest for space, the editors cut the first line of the review.  (I know–my deathless prose, snipped! Unbelievable.)

Here’s the line: “I didn’t like Dave Eggers new book, but I can’t stop thinking about it.”

And that’s the paradox: because as a novel, as a gripping story populated with characters we understand, it’s not that great. But as a novel of ideas–most of which are terrifyingly possible but I hope to god not accurate–it’s brilliant.

All of which is to say that probably you should read The Circle–but be warned: you will start to be warier about your whole social media world, if you have one. And if you don’t have a social media world, well, then, this book will scare the bejesus out of you, too.  And yes, of course I see the irony of me telling you about this technophobic thriller here, on this here newfangled interwebs thing. Of course. And frankly, I’m going to ask you to “like” and “tweet” and just generally social media my review all over the place, irony be damned.

Here’s the review--and I’d love to know what you think of the book, after you’ve finished it.

Continue Reading · on November 3, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, Books, tech life, The National

a love affair

She was new to town, and lonely.

Alone in the apartment, she found attractive strangers, willing to talk, willing to listen.

There might have been some dancing around “real” identities but in the long run, no one involved cared much about actual names or addresses or employment. They were just all there together, looking for some kind of connection.

There were long conversations, there were short notes; there were shared stories; there were exchanges of information; there was laughter; there were sighs of recognition.

The relationships nurtured her, gave her companionship during those lonely times, until… she found herself stalking the source, waiting for Something To Happen.

She noticed that she couldn’t do anything without checking to see if there’d been a note, a word, a nod in her direction.  She felt jittery when she didn’t know for sure about the next encounter; she became compulsive, double- and triple-checking to make sure that all her systems were “go.”

The relationship had taken over.

She knew it had to end when she found herself paying more attention to the words coming her way than to her son’s music recital. She thought about a twelve-step program but then decide that was too dramatic. With the love and support of her family, she’s taking action, reclaiming her life:

she’s breaking up with twitter.

 

 

Continue Reading · on June 24, 2012 in tech life

And a Happy Valentine’s To You, Too

So it was Valentine’s Day the other day, which on the elementary school level apparently translates to EAT CANDY. When did Valentine’s become a kind of red heart-shaped Halloween-esque sugar fest?

Lest I overlook the dangers of too much sugar, my Firefox browser popped me a little memento mori:

Well, shit. When you put it that way, I guess I could say no to polishing off that box of chocolates.

Of course, if I’m gonna die today, then what better way to go than with chocolate absinthe truffles smeared across my face?

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Continue Reading · on February 16, 2011 in tech life

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