Hamlet’s Status (A Play in Six Posts)

Hamlet, at his computer. Enter Polonius: Polonius: What friends thou hast, add them fast, Lord Hamlet. Hamlet: Polonius advises us to link our souls with hoopla, When twice this same moon updates us, But still to me she hath not chatted. Polonius: Light lord, thy status in disconnect must be, Causing you this dark and…

facephenom

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“What’s Happening?”; or, the Faux Social Finish of Verb People

To twitter is indeed to sound off like a bird. “No full sentence really completes a thought,” said Hugh Kenner, in The Pound Era (1971), throwing a rock into several generations of roosting English grammar teachers: “And though we may string never so many clauses into a single compound sentence, motion leaks everywhere, like electricity…

Jeeves and Bertie Wooster in Facebookland

If Facebook was a country, it would have the 3rd largest population in the world, and the least privacy, so why do people continue to move there? Inside Facebook, a site that tracks Facebook demographics, shows the Facebook population growing like aphids on a primrose. The fastest growing segment is the female age 55-65 group,…

From bookface to facebook

Why facebook? Why not faceweb? The web is not a book. Then again, what is a book? What is a web? The web is like an illuminated manuscript.   We used to call prolific readers bookworms, their faces buried in books. Bookworm is a misnomer; worms are quite social, as my compost pile reveals. But…