Because: Yesterday someone posted the Buz Luhrmann-ified “Wear Sunscreen” video on Facebook. My obsession with my constant search for the next favorite quote had me paying close attention to the words, perhaps for the first time ever considering this hit its popularity when I was still in elementary school. One of my favorite lines is quoted above, though I value many other parts of this essay, as well. The origin of the song is the essay “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young" by Mary Schmich, published in the Chicago Tribune on June 1, 1997. Give it (re)read; I think everyone stands to gain something.
Because: It’s been an unsettling and tragic past couple of weeks, from the devastating attacks in Norway, to the deaths of friends of friends and the passing of Amy Winehouse, all untimely. In the wake of it all, I’ve spent a substantial amount of time reflecting on this concept of what comes next, what we do after it all. How do we deal, honor and move forward? I think this heartfelt essay with a moral to it all by Russell Brand exemplifies the most positive, respectful manner in which we can. (“Russell Brand on Amy Winehouse: ‘We have lost a beautiful, talented woman.’”)
We have to take what we can learn from these individuals, their losses and move forward. Whether it is changes such as reviewing “the way society treats addicts,” as Russell Brand suggests, or something in our personal behavior, progress and improvement are the best way we can honor the lives of those we lose.
Because: I am fairly removed from the world of tango here in Buenos Aires, the dance that is “a blend of sex and chess” as one source astutely describes in the article. I have noticed, though, that of everyone I have met who dances tango here, I would say it is about half-and-half Argentines to foreigners. I had no idea there was such an oddly xenophobic debate going on, and this article details it well while weaving in details about the dance and its culture.
This woman is often mistaken for her daughter's babysitter
Because: This is an essay by a Hispanic, upper-middle class woman living New York City who children, parents, sales attendants, etc. often assume is her daughter’s babysitter rather than mother. It is a frank essay that refrains from being accusatory, all the while forcing one to reflect on the assumptions we make, the typcasting we do every day and even what the face of America is, or at least a New York city middle/upper class parent.
Because: I am very curious to see what happens with Google+ vs. Facebook. I think people’s lives are so entrenched in Facebook that a substitution/switch will take time, but I have a strong feeling it will happen. People are not going to keep use Google+ and Facebook equally, because they serve the same purpose and offer more or less identical features. What Google+ has going for it is that it seems much more personal. Prioritizing “circles” was a smart decision, and the product is classic Google in that the interface is simple and intuitive, yet it offers some technologically advanced features (group video chat, for example). I am a Google fangirl, but even if I weren’t, I’m fairly certain I would still be of the thought it’s going to become a one or the other situation with Facebook v. Google+, and that Google+ will prevail.
There’s a progression here. Facebook offered a more private, exclusive network than Myspace did, which is why people first start migrating. It also was less of a jumbled, crazy mess. Google+ takes those refinements even further. For that reason, I’m thinking that prior analogy will prove true.
I have yet to utilize all of the G+ features, though, in fact I’ve used it minimally, so I am going to get playing.