The Guardian: Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl

The Guardian: Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl. “…the blogosphere met the three criteria for such a public sphere: universal access; rational debate (any topic could be raised by any participant); and the disregard of social rank. And as with the Usenet groups of the early, pre-web internet, it was full of vigorous and sometimes raucous discussion. But then along came social media, in the shape of Facebook (2004), YouTube (2005) and Twitter (2006) in particular.”

Slate: I Charted My Facebook Birthday Wall Posts Since 2005

Slate: I Charted My Facebook Birthday Wall Posts Since 2005. “By one measure, I peaked in 2010, the year I turned 23. That was the birthday when the most people ever, before or since—53 of them—posted on my Facebook wall to celebrate another year of my life on Earth. It’s a good thing I don’t judge my self-worth against how many Facebook wall posts I get every time I turn a year older, or else I’d be in trouble, because on my most recent birthday, about a month ago, I got a measly 13 Facebook birthday well-wishes.”

The MIT Press Reader: Algorithms Are Redrawing the Space for Cultural Imagination

The MIT Press Reader: Algorithms Are Redrawing the Space for Cultural Imagination. “…the promised salvation of algorithmic theology stubbornly remains in the distant future: the clunky, disjointed implementation of the computational layer on cultural life leaves much yet to be desired. Algorithms still get it wrong far too often to make a believable case for transcendent truth.”

Slate: Being Bad at the Internet Shouldn’t Disqualify Job Candidates

Slate: Being Bad at the Internet Shouldn’t Disqualify Job Candidates. “In the U.S., students sometimes learn to write résumés and cover letters in high school. Many college campuses have career centers that teach the same skills. But few people, especially those who graduated long before applications migrated online, have been explicitly taught how to use the internet in job searches. These applications have added an unspoken requirement that candidates possess basic knowledge about how to appear professional online, making an already-difficult-to-navigate system even more opaque.”

Popsugar: 11 Emoji Pumpkin Templates That’ll Make Carving So Much Fun

I hereby apologize for posting this in September, but. Popsugar: 11 Emoji Pumpkin Templates That’ll Make Carving So Much Fun. “When it comes to carving pumpkins, the sky’s the limit. From scary quotes to movie characters to food items, you can get super creative with what you carve. But for us, we don’t have to look any further than our phones for inspiration, because we’re all about the emojis.”