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04:30

Facebook and the narrative of real-time status updates - there is non

New York Magazine :: Last year I watched a friend struggle through breast cancer treatment in front of hundreds of friends. She broadcast her news with caution, training her crowd in how to react: no drama, please; good vibes. In the world of social media and real-time updates, it can feel bizarre that potent evidence of grieving from one friend is followed so quickly by pictures of oven-fresh cookies from another. But Facebook is generated by algorithms without feelings. It's not a narrative.

[Paul Ford:] (Facebook) has no understanding of anything aside from the connections between individuals and the ceaseless flow of time: No beginnings, and no endings.

These disparate threads of human existence alternately fascinate and horrify that part of the media world that grew up on topic sentences and strong conclusions. This world of old media is like a giant steampunk machine that organizes time into stories. I call it the Epiphanator, ...

Continue to read Paul Ford, nymag.com

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