Thursday, April 12, 2012

Clever Writing- #1278

When people write critically about Facebook, they often say that “you are the product being sold,” but I think that by now we all get that. The digital substance of our friendships belongs to these companies, and they are loath to share it with others. So we build our little content farms within, friending and upthumbing, learning to accept that our new landlords are people who grew up on Power Rangers.
From Facebook and Instagram: When Your Favorite App Sells Out

one more..This is repost from one of my favorite sites The Dish.
  What is brilliant and honest about this site is how the editors cull debates and reflect the depth of arguments. 
This is a copy of the post:

Emily Shire semi-defends pageant moms on "Toddlers and Tiaras":
The mothers on Toddlers and Tiaras are chastised for ignoring their children’s feelings, forcing their own desires upon them, and spending exorbitant amounts of money to do so. If the mothers on Toddlers and Tiaras expended their funds and parental pressure on SAT tutoring, squash instruction, or foreign language immersion, they likely would not be dismissed as broad caricatures that are all too easy to hate. Because in reality, the main difference between a pageant mom and a tiger mother is just a matter of accessories.
Roxie, a commenter, counters:
Neither 'pageant moms' or 'tiger moms' are saints, but calling them the same is outrageous. Teaching a child to persevere through pain and suffering to attain skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives is one thing, teaching a child to suffer to attain a standard of beauty that will slip through their fingers before they're 30 is quite another.

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