Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, February 25, 2018

Every week or so someone I know on social media, but not in my daily life, updates their avatar, and suddenly they're three or four years older than they were the day before. Some of these people I've known for 20 years, and it's happened several times. Sometimes there's obvious cropping of the picture; a chin once prominently displayed is surprisingly hidden by the above-the-head shot. The hair is gray, or suspiciously lustrous. Normally, the way my brain works, I'd simply see those avatars change and think about how the Internet constantly brings us closer to death, then leave it at that. But oddly I truly enjoy witnessing the process of avatar aging. There's always the tiny moment of shock as you see a proto-jowl where before there was smooth skin. Whoa! But I haven't seen them in years! That's what happens. Social networks don't solve for aging.





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After 20 years in and out of this business, and despite the havoc it has wreaked upon our culture, I still love software. Nothing illuminates human behavior like watching people use technology in love and hate. And even if I see their faces only in the form of small circular photographs, growing grayer and less lustrous over decades, I still love those people, often more than before.

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-25 10:59 AM | Reply

I have seen this too ....

Also Millenials have moved on, Facebook ain't what it used to be, its mostly corporate/club curated material....

Whats interesting is the disaster of ratings for the Olympics, its all connected somehow.

I visit FB, but typically use it to just message friends and club members.

#2 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2018-02-25 12:21 PM | Reply

I visit FB, but typically use it to just message friends and club members.


"Club members" ... the "Translator Club"?

Gotta keep in touch with Mother Russia somehow.

So do you use secret codes and images with your report buried in the pixels? Or do they just monitor your postings to make sure you are still on the job?

#3 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-25 02:08 PM | Reply

Everyone wants to look good.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-25 05:04 PM | Reply

#3 You seriously need to see a psychiatrist.

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2018-02-26 09:59 PM | Reply

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