From The New Yorker, a thoughtful article by Mark O'Connell, "First Thought, Worst Thought," about thinking before you hit send. I would think that includes Facebook, e-mail, texts or Twitter. Something to talk to the kids about, perhaps.
On the one hand:
As Roxane Gay put it in an essay on her ambivalence about the public shaming of Sacco:
“The world is full of unanswered injustice and more often than not we
choke on it. When you consider everything we have to fight, it makes
sense that so many people rally around something like the hashtag
#HasJustineLandedYet. In this one small way, we are, for a moment, less
The weird randomness of this sudden mutation of person into meme is, in
the end, what’s so haunting. This could just as well have happened to
anyone—any of the thousands of people who say awful things on Twitter
every day. It’s not that Sacco didn’t deserve to be taken to task, to be
scorned for the clumsiness and hurtfulness of her joke; it’s that the
corrective was so radically comprehensive and obliterating, and
administered with such collective righteous giddiness. This is a new
form of violence, a symbolic ritual of erasure where the condemned is
made to stand for a whole class of person—to be cast, as an effigy of
the world’s general awfulness, into a sudden abyss of fame.
From Whim W'Him, a story about an art exhibit about a drawing of a gun and what the artist allowed people to do to it.
From the Huffington Post, a story about ad differences for girls and how they have apparently gotten more girly.