Category: Writing

What To Do About Facebook?

By , April 23, 2018

Like everyone else who has any involvement with the social media platform, we’re wrestling with what to do about Facebook.

Back in 2013 I turned to Facebook to expand the outreach of this blog. I did so reluctantly, as indicated by the title of the post: Facing Up to Facebook. If you read the comments, you’ll see concern over the move from the outset. I felt that concern was justified at the time; far more so now that we’ve learned about Cambridge Analytica, not to mention all the abuse of our collected data we don’t know about.

Personally, I’ve analyzed my participation on Facebook since before the news broke. For a couple of years now, I’ve joked that “Facebook is like Listerine, I hate it, but I use it twice a day.” I don’t enjoy the site; it’s too full of bad information, unpleasant opinions, and, to put it bluntly, willful ignorance.

Yet, how better to connect with friends and family members, who I honestly would never hear from (as they would seldom hear from me) without casual, non-committal contact through Facebook? It does serve some purpose. The questions yet to be answered are, is it enough? And, is it worth the cost?

Zeiger Family Homestead Facebook page

The Zeiger Family Homestead Facebook “Masthead”.

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Gazing Out the Window

By , April 16, 2018

I sometimes wonder how I ever did it.

How did I acquire a decent education, how did I hold semi-prestigious, sometimes lucrative, often exciting jobs, when they all offered windows out of which to gaze?

And, now that I live in a gorgeous natural bay window how do I manage to write this blog? I find this especially puzzling when I realize that this bay window comes with no discipline other than self-discipline, and an overabundance of snacks and other treats to beguile and distract me?

work with a view

Here’s a workplace! (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

I tell you truthfully: I started this post to ask your indulgence. I feel I must step away from the blog for a bit.

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