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In their yearly moment of semi-glory, the Oxford English Dictionary announced last week that their word of the year is post-truth, defined as "relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief." Context isn't exactly required, but the OED points to spikes in the frequency of post-truth— since Brexit and the presidential election here in the United States—as their reason for its selection. "It has also become...
Leigh Stein remembers 2014 well. Sometime in the summer, she had joined a private Facebook group for women writers, and she was mesmerized. It didn’t matter that she was about to go on vacation in Budapest; she brought her laptop with her for the sole reason of keeping up with the group. “I felt like a teenager again, forming intimate alliances with women I’d never met, typing little messages of courage and hope and...
Not gonna lie, but I use Facebook's birthday alerts as a way to unfriend people. It's harsh, but if I can't muster up the energy to type three words, followed by a chain of emojis and exclamation points on your special day, then what's the point? Can't feel too guilty about it, because I'm hardly the only one who engages in this efficient and somewhat exhilarating Facebook cleanse. But if only there was an alternative to...
Trond Werner Hansen, an app developer based in Bushwick by way of Oslo, Norway, is the creator of Kite, an app which he thinks could transform the way we digest current events on the web. But even though its vibrant interface and social network orientation had tech writers calling Kite "the Instagram of news," Hansen doesn't see his app as simply following in the footsteps of other social media giants. "Things aren't getting faster, they're getting smaller," Hansen says looking at...

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