The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion; and so let all young persons take their choice.
—William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1848)
Welcome to the new funhouse called “social media,” where the lines are blurred between our professional and private lives. We put our music, movies, pictures, purchases, politics and morning lattes on display for the entire world. We present meta versions of ourselves with irony, wrapped in social commentary, often shrouded in a thin parchment of sarcasm.
For most of us, social media reflects the inconsequential fluff of life. Cat videos and memes and that amazing stir-fry you made just before you set the kitchen on fire. What could it matter? Who could possibly…
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