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Vogue Writer Discovers Facebook is Political

The days of the year are dripping to a close and news outlets are trying to milk the slow news cycle for every available eyeball with year-end summary posts. Mostly, they’re recaps of who died or summaries of the news (like Google’s Zeitgeist, which seems to get more left-leaning politically every year.)

Sometimes, however, they’re personal observations that turn into a naive 1,000 word writ-large assumption. Enter Vogue and a writer named Michelle Ruiz.

It is her contention that 2015 is the year “Facebook got Political.

Um, what?

Granted, I run in some different circles. I realize it is not political for everyone else, and some people I am sure defriend me or mute me because I share links (perhaps too many) to political pieces, including my own.

“It used to be” Ruiz writes, “that only whacked-out distant relatives got political on Facebook.” I’m sorry, in what Facebook world do you live? I’m fairly certain everybody has a friend (like me!) who pollutes their feed with opinions they may not share.

“Lest anyone forget, this was a social networking site that trafficked in college party pics.” Yes. In 2004, but even then it was still sort of political!

“The unspoken rule was that it was a place for rustic wedding shoots, babies holding blocks bearing their age in months, and delectable dim sum brunches shot from above.” THIS WAS NEVER A RULE. In fact, it was quite the opposite: these are/were as annoying as political posts and an entire (now defunct) browser plug-in — which was amazing — was created to filter out such things. (Which is why my dog has his own Instagram.)

Ruiz further observes, almost comically:

This was the year I found out on Facebook that a guy I had a crush on in high school was, frankly, pretty racist (“Really? Black Lives Matter? All life matters!” he expounded in one status). Or that one of my favorite people to party with in college doesn’t share my passionate beliefs about gun control.

Ah yes, proof positive this guy is a grade-A racist. Just like Martin O’Malley.

It gets better. Ruiz was living in a Pinterest-board-like curated Facebook world, until just this horrible year:

Before this year, I can hardly remember posting anything political on Facebook. But as the discourse erupted every day on my feed, I felt more compelled to answer—and couldn’t resist in the cases of #BlackLivesMatter and gun control. For other subjects, I drafted impassioned statuses, questioned whether or not to hit “post,” and ultimately didn’t. Like journaling, just writing those statuses made me feel a little less fiery. As a commenter said on the aforementioned friend’s post musing about the new, über-political nature of Facebook: “There is a lot of frustration and anger about what is happening in our country on both sides . . . people feel they need a place to vent.”

And she couldn’t help it. COULDN’T. HELP. IT. She just had to respond! (Except when she didn’t.)

To her credit, Ruiz hasn’t gone full permaban on people who express (poorly or well) opinions with which she doesn’t agree:

As tempted as I’ve been to unfriend or unfollow those people with whom I don’t agree, I haven’t actually followed through.

But there’s no blame in that, no unwritten rule that it’s not cool. Facebook is already a big cognitive dissonance machine for many.

The contention that this is the year Facebook got political, to me at least, rings hollow. Not 2008, not during Obamacare, not during 2010, 2012, or 2014. This year.

Perhaps it’s the year that Michelle Ruiz’s strangely non-political Facebook world got political. I doubt that’s been the case for many other people.


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Tax Foundation: Americans Paying More in Taxes than for Food, Clothing, and Shelter

AdAge: Facebook Valuing Itself at Up to $96 Billion in IPO

Lifehacker: DIY Burglar Alarm

Kotecki: What’s in the Highway Bill?

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Wealth of Nations Friday Links


Today, in 1776, Adam Smith published “An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations” which you can own for free if you have a kindle!

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Letters of Note: Scientifically Yours,

Heaton: Acknowledging Problems on Facebook

Fiscal Times: Who Is Rich These Days? The Income Gap Myth

Reason: The Southern Poverty Law Center Is Now Writing About Pickup Artists as Hate Groups (These people have been nuts for some time.)

Atlantic Wire: Facebook Co-Founder Buys The New Republic

Rep. Cooper: Outdated laws and subsidies — how did it get so bad?

NYTimes: A smug education?

Onion: College Graduates Making 8% to 11% Less

TimesUnion: Any way you slice it, state’s fine takes a bite

Lifehacker: How to Turn a Lottery Ticket into a Good Bet

My friend Bobby sent me $5 for a beer tonight via Tweet a Beer

Rep. Chaffetz Drumming it up


Walking Dead Alternate Intro

Remy: Cough Drops-The Mandate (feat. Sandra Fluke)



Down goes Temple!

State Farm has really stepped up their ad game #Cavs

Birbigs: IFC nabs Sundance pic ‘Sleepwalk With Me’

TechPrez: A Political Geek’s Guide To South by Southwest

The Atlantic: Host

Stanford Law Review: Physical and Regulatory Takings: One Distinction Too Many

WSJ: Legal War Over NYC Rent Regulations

Friday Funday Links


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Reuters: Facebook “defriending” led to double murder, police say

Obama on a roof?

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BusinessWeek: Paul Krugman vs. the world

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Gawker: The cover letter with terrifying efficiency

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McArdle: Will Inequality Keep Getting Worse?

Cochrane: The Real Trouble With the Birth-Control Mandate

Microsoft really missed out on the opportunity to make this ad

NBC Miami: Judge Orders Florida Man To Take His Wife on a Date at Red Lobster

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LitReactor: Improve Your Writing by Avoiding These Twenty Common Grammar Mistakes Almost Everyone Makes

If Gizmodo thinks these glasses are cool (no offense) you shouldn’t wear them. Ever.