The New Normal
I've never written a blog before. It's difficult to assume what you have to say is somehow inviting or catchy or worth reading. If it's not, it's probably cluttering the unlimited online space in a way we've grown accustomed with social media and many, many organizations that purport to give us the real news.
I'm starting this blog not because I wanted to, but because I believe in a) connecting with friends and family, b) decluttering and centralizing my online presence, and c) acting when things become too strange to stay complicit. This blog will act as my meager attempt at transitioning from Facebook.
First, some logistics: I'll still be on Snapchat, Google, those sites filled with cute kittens and ridiculous millenial jokes, and the Huli of the world. It's not like Facebook is worse than these. Google and others use tons of data. Amazon owns a company in nearly every sector. Hell, Hulu probably will come out with a toothbrush soon. It's that FB use the idea of community as peer pressure, making it nearly impossible to leave without me even realizing to what extent their algorithms allow my want for connection. So I'm taking a leap and breaking up with Facebook.
All that said, I'm also looking forward to putting what I want where I want when I want it without worry of likes or interest since I'm guessing only a few people (hi mom! hi B! hi rando!) will read this anyway. So, step one, enjoy what I woke up to this morning:
Above is a cat. With a unicorn spike. And a flamingo. And some adorable hipster-ish glasses. All above a geniusly titled name.
This is Tabby Cat, my favorite Chrome extension. And yes, it makes me happy every time I open a browser to frantically-too-late figure out my daily schedule or read some ostentatious news. And yes, it will for you too. I promise. Thank you to those who introduced me to this little internet gem.
And now on to business. I will occasionally post here, and will likely email a link to my friends and family. If you don't get one, please know that I still care about you and wish I could FB stalk-not-stalk you just like you do with 95% of your friends list. If you'd like to be added to the list of people I'll send these to, please comment below. Oh, and if you're willing to consider just how much time is spent gambling for likes/comments on FB, maybe you can join me in making a quiet statement of defiance against a company that has helped support actual fake news and actual new social disorders and find ways to connect and make a difference in people's lives in person. Here are a few articles I read that helped me come to this conclusion: The most important, the second most important (aka be an activist, not a slacktivist), the third most important (scary when the innovators are scared, much like the atom bomb); an overview; and a perspective from someone who already took the plunge.
Lastly (and when I say this I mean you can obvs stop reading now): One of my recent posts about my very public and confusing, how-will-I-ever-get-in-touch-with-you (but-you-don't-even-remember-how-we-met) FB breakup included my want to still help out those in my field somehow based on my own rabbit-hole trips. So in the spirit of true transparency and creating lasting memories of who I was when I left The Social Network, here are links to FB posts I found worthy of saving over the past six months, in chronological order:
A photographer's work after waiting forever for museum visitors to match artworks; Opera's sexual assault secret; An old video of my cat 2; "Memory" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich; A video for Vulpeck's new album (That moment when you realize the drummer's sitting on an exercise ball); My friend's wonderful blogpost celebrating 10 years without TV. John Conahan's "Clap/Bang" (which I highly recommend to any and all choral conductors high school and up); How Nadia Boulanger changed the way the world sounded; A wonderfully potent article about the difference between amateurs and professionals; An insanely cool tree graphic connecting the world's languages; Where the whole OBF debacle started; Sheetcaking; Paper Airplane Drones; A difficult political video to watch; Byrd's "Bow Thine Ear, O Lord"; Vice in Charlottesville; Leonard Slatkin's 10 Forgotten American Masterpieces; An unbelievable video about Jim Carrey's true nature; A list of someone's top 35 female composers (Edie Hill should've been on this list after hearing her new arrangement of Clay Jug for the Crossing); What "Everything but Country and Rap" really means; Lost Holst manuscripts were discovered in New Zealand; Bubble Soccer; Trevor Noah broken after watching Philando Castile's shooting via dashcam; Finland's wonderfully meaningful lament singing; Trump's disability; Beer Choir!; Jacob Collier's first music theory interview (here's the second); Cantus singing my America Will Be on Almanac; Radical motets by daughter of Lucrezia Borgia; Some Bach on some instrument (WHATHOWSOCOOL); How to stay outraged without losing your mind; AI composes a symphony; A guy's thoughts while going to the symphony; and the UK's fantastic Exaudi Vocal Ensemble.