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Willem de Kooning, Internet safety and other topics picked for you

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High in style and function, these sneakers will go perfectly with your knit sweater and button-down.

perfectly

Note: I’m starting to collect the uncannily appropriate as well as completely off the wall suggestions provided to me by the great and mysterious algorithms of our time. The above screenshot is what appeared to me upon clicking on a facebook ad for a shoe that I kind of liked. For better context you should know that this is my facebook profile picture,

Joshua David Whiting Facebook Profile Picture

and I do in fact wear knit sweaters with button-down shirts almost every day. I actually already own a pair of shoes that look somewhat similar to the shoe in the ad.

Posted: 2019.03.17

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Last night I posted a grumpy response tweet about my wild hope that Facebook and Instagram would just stay broken forever.

Then I thought that maybe that was a little too mean, and I deleted it.



Last night I posted a grumpy response tweet about my wild hope that Facebook and Instagram would just stay broken forever.

Then I thought that maybe that was a little too mean, and I deleted it.

But I’m semi-convinced now that Facebook saw it and took extra-algorithmic measures to try to win me back this morning.

Early today, out of pity or some strange curiosity, I opened Facebook on my phone. (I don’t have the app, I just pull it up in the phone browser.)

There, right at the top of the feed, was one of Kate DiCamillo’s wonderful, rambling posts.

As far as I know, other than publishing books, Kate DiCamillo only posts on Facebook, and her posts are always a refreshing highlight on the platform.

I saw that my newsfeed had been front-loaded with posts from friends and people that I could ONLY find on Facebook.

They have me.

Their algorithm is becoming omniscient.

(Or maybe the disruption and my lack of visiting in a while just meant it actually had a few realish and interesting things to share with me.)

http://made-with-spoken-ly.tumblr.com/post/89882752219/he-had-won-the-victory-over-himself-he-loved-big

Posted: 2019.03.14

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