Malcolm Gladwell does not care if you tweet; Gene Weingarten hates Facebook
There's never enough time to catch up on all the reading on a Sunday, but here are a few stories you shouldn't miss.
First, The Post's favorite curmudgeon, Gene Weingarten, wades into Facebook, the "ocean of banalities shared among persons with lives so empty they echo" and does not like what he finds there.
Over at the New Yorker, meanwhile, Malcolm Gladwell does not like Twitter very much. He scoffs at reports that social media sites have much impact in revolutions and activism. "Are people who log on to their Facebook page really the best hope for us all?" he asks.
Gladwell must have missed the Guardian's article saying that Twitter and blogs are filling in the gaps of the drug war story in Mexico, as traditional news media pulls back reporting on the ongoing clashes. "The result is a catalog of horror absent even from the national press, which still covers the violence from the relative safety of its headquarters in the capital."
Leaving aside the social media debate, the New York Times is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its opinion page with essays and illustrations. The essays are a fascinating walk back through history, but the art is what stands out. Check out the 10-minute roundup video of drawings that have appeared on the opinion page and Maira Kalman's illustrated opinion blog, "And the Pursuit of Happiness."
In inane viral video, Intel employees decided to jump off their building and land on giant pillows. (Spoiler alert: They make it.)
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