Is Social Media Ruining Society?

HOW CAN YOU MAKE NICE AT YOUR HOLIDAY DINNER? If I see one more story written by a millenial about how to talk to your crazy Trump loving uncle at the holiday meal my head might explode.  Don't think I didn't consider writing a "How to Not Kill Your Sanctimonious Millenial at the Holiday Meal" column myself.  Mitzi Perdue wrote a column for Thanksgiving we should all take to heart before we gather around the table for our next holiday meal.  She's on today to talk about it.  

I HAD AN INTERESTING NIGHT AT THE DENVER PRESS CLUB As I was invited to participate on a panel discussion about what happened to the Hillary campaign in the last election cycle (which was schedule to coincide with her visit yesterday).  The panel consisted of Floyd Cirulli, the well known pollster and political analyst, me, Ian Silverii from Progress Now and Kim Howard, who was the deputy director for the Hillary for Colorado campaign.  I went for two reasons.  One, they asked me.  Two, I wanted to hear from those intimately involved with Hillary's campaign and causes exactly what THEY thought the issue was.  And I listened.  And what I heard does not bode well for Democrats in my opinion.  I'll share what came out of the night today.  

IS ANYONE ELSE OVERJOYED THAT THE STUPID ALABAMA ELECTION WILL BE OVER TODAY?  I just want this Roy Moore-Doug Jones race to be over and I seriously and genuinely don't care who wins.  Except if Roy Moore wins there will be so endless debate for the foreseeable future about the GOP needs to do to punish the man to morally signal their superiority.  Because that's what we do now. 

SOCIAL MEDIA IS RIPPING OUR SOCIETY APART SAYS ONE OF THE GUYS WHO HELPED BUILD IT I had this story yesterday but I think it's worth revisiting today because it's important.  As social media seems to have instantly become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, we may want to take a moment and take stock of whether or not this is a good thing.  Chamath Palihapitiya was Facebook's vie president of growth in 2007 and he recently spoke at a conference at Stanford and was pretty blunt about the impact and methods used by social media platforms.  From The Verge article:

Palihapitiya’s criticisms were aimed not only at Facebook, but the wider online ecosystem. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” he said, referring to online interactions driven by “hearts, likes, thumbs-up.” “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.”

Facebook feeds on our inherent narcissism.  It's designed to reward us with Likes and make us want more.  At the same time, it's giving us freedom to say horrible things to people we allegedly like via our keyboards even though most of us would NEVER say such things to someone we loved face.  He recommends taking a "hard break" from social media and says his kids are "not allowed to use that sh*t".  It might be a good idea to pay attention to the man who has seen the man behind the curtain on social media.  

JOURNALISM FOR HIRE?  SHOULDN'T JOURNALISM BE TWO SIDED?  Glenn Simpson says he is simply "cashing in" by using his skills as an investigative journalist for opposition research.  As the founder of Fusion GPS he is now the subject of much reporting as people in the government and out try to figure out who paid for what when it comes to the scandalous (and widely dissed) Trump Russian dossier.  The Washington Post has an interesting story which seems to benefit from insider documents from the firm.  You should read it. 

THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION HAS SOME SERIOUS PERCEPTION ISSUES Glenn Reynolds from posted this update a little while ago:



I’m hearing from a source that Lisa Page was involved in approving Peter Strzok’s warrant requests to the FISC and possibly elsewhere. Can you confirm or deny if this was the case? And please tell me what her job title and function are in your office. Thanks.

Them (via spokesman Joshua Stueve):

Lisa Page, who was an attorney on detail to the Special Counsel’s office, returned to the FBI’s Office of the General Counsel in mid-July.

Me again:

Thank you but that doesn’t answer my question. What role did Lisa Page have in the handling of warrant applications, and in particular those involving Peter Strzok?

Them again:

I’ll decline to comment further.

Well, then.

Page, remember, is the FBI lawyer with whom Strzok was having an extramarital affair and exchanging anti-Trump texts. Perhaps someone with more resources than I will be able to get to the bottom of this.

Posted at 1:55 pm

THE NFL IS NOW DEALING WITH SERIOUS SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALLEGATIONS And this doesn't surprise me one bit.  What DOES surprise me is that any woman would put up with what this wardrobe stylist says she put up with.  And I'm one who does understand why most women put up with a LITTLE harassment at work.  But this is insane.  From being verbally propositioned constantly to various men putting their hands on her, she seems to have put up with a lot more than most of us.  I have a friend who started her career at ESPN and she put up with a LOT, but not even remotely to this level.  Let's see how Roger Goodell handles this one.  


I'M SORRY, THE FAILED NYC BOMBER'S FAMILY SAID WHAT?  The family of the man who tried to blow people up in the subway but failed because of his own incompetence is now lashing out at the police. From the NYPost:

“We are heartbroken by the violence that was targeted at our city today and by the allegations being made against a member of our family,” said the statement read by Albert Fox Cahn, legal director for the NY Chapter Council for Islamic Relations.

“But we’re also outraged by the behavior of the law enforcement officials who held children as small as 4 years old out in the cold and who pulled a teenager out of high school classes to interrogate him without lawyer, without his parents.”

Got that?  Their family member tries to kill people and they expect cops to treat everyone with kid gloves while they try to determine if this guy acted alone or was part of some grand conspiracy.  When time is of the essence, things might not go as kindly as one might hope.  But the family needs to keep it yappers shut until the smoke settles from the failed bombing by one of their own.  To be clear, if the police did all this days AFTER the bombing, the family would have a legit complaint.  But in the immediate aftermath, things are not always going to go according to plan. 

THE BULLIED KID IS NOW A TARGET FOR THINGS HIS MOTHER POSTED And this story went from being one that could be used to teach others about the harm bullies do to another story about online vigilantes running wild with things that may or may not be true.  I hate people.  

IF THIS IS TRUE, I MAY LIVE FOREVER A new study on the personality qualities of people who live to be very old and healthy while they age says that stubbornness is one of the qualities they share.  Along with a strong work ethic and a sunny outlook on life, I've got the trifecta.  

HOW LONG SHOULD A SEXUAL ENCOUNTER LAST?  According to a new survey, just under 30 minutes.  Anything longer is simply "a situation ripe for disappointment and dissatisfaction".  Heh.  I laugh because it's true.  

WOMEN ARE NOT ALWAYS THE INNOCENT VICTIMS, SO SAYS THIS COLUMN I hope this author has some sort of security detail, because I can only imagine the torrent of hate the death threats that will be streaming her way if this column goes viral.  What's the problem?  She has the nerve to point out that women LIKE being the object of men's attention.  She's 100% right, of course, but we're not allowed to say that women in the office might enjoy the back and forth that happens between men and women that just may have an undercurrent of sexual tension.  The problem as I see it is women don't like being the object of EVERY man's attention, just the ones they like.  I'll admit it, it's true.  It's fun when a guy you think is cool tells you that you look hot, but not so much when it's the married office creep.  And there's the rub.  


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