Notification Bloatification



Finally taking a break from politics this week. In the early days of social media, it seemed a notification was a notification. Someone mentioned you or tagged you in a photo, you got pinged, and that was that. Over the past couple years or so, I’ve noticed both Facebook and Twitter desperately throwing random notifications into the mix about various friends’ activities. I’m getting Facebook alerts about people I don’t know commenting on posts written by people I don’t know. Once in a while, Twitter burps up some obnoxious little nudge informing me that someone has tweeted, or liked a tweet. Now, before people write me with advice about changing my settings, let me assure you I have tried everything humanly possible. At least in some cases, YOU CAN’T TURN THEM OFF. (I realize this is hardly the biggest problem in the world right now, but it’s fun to complain about.)



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  • Alan Barta

    Afraid to leave a comment… There’s no substitute for actual, mutual, one-on-one chat. Everything else is first world annoyance, ignorable noise, usually spam not worth wasting your time upon. Yet, if you can attend and decipher, some truths might pop out.

    After 10 years, to the day, I discontinued my own blog. Found too few responded, no inspired debate entertained, as intended. Silence was deafening.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.

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