Installment Eight

Further Reading

A strong  critical assessment of The Social Network, from the "buzzmachine" website of Jeff Jarvis

Virginia Heffernan's take on Mark Zuckerberg and The Social Network

Zadie Smith/Jaron Lanier mashup of Social Network criticism

All sorts of links to the ideas, people, and energy surrounding Facebook from The Social Network website

Following is the poem by Mary Oliver, called “The Summer Day,” from which this week's Character 140 response is formed (audio version from Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac" here):

Who made the world?

Who made the swan, and the black bear?

Who made the grasshopper?

This grasshopper, I mean—

the one who has flung herself out of the grass,

the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,

who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down—

who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.

Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.

Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.

I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down

into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,

how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,

which is what I have been doing all day.

Tell me, what else should I have done?

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?

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