‘…kids were relentless.’
“People texted her all the time, saying ‘Will you have sex with me?’” she remembered. “Girls texting, saying ‘You’re such a slut.’”
…such contradictions must constantly be negotiated: public versus private, virtual versus real, active versus passive. On one hand, millennials consume so much media they can’t concentrate, torn as they are between texting, posting on Facebook, and watching YouTube. And yet they also have an astonishing ability to focus on elaborate videogame play for six-hour stretches or to watch complex, multistranded television dramas in binge sessions that can swallow a weekend. They are experts in driving games like Gran Turismo 5, but they’re not that interested in actual driving.
Facebook Home…[is] for people who don’t care about a rich, full experience on the Internet, yet love Facebook. People who want to run apps, but are overwhelmed by them. People who want to connect with friends and family, but want it to be super easy to do so. For many people, Facebook is the Internet, just as AOL was before it. And just as Facebook is the best way for them to experience the Internet in a browser, Facebook Home is going to be the best way for those people to experience the Internet on a phone.
…This proves that they are really caring human beings who want to do more for the world than just make money so that they, too will, in their time, be able to get their children into Harvard. This entire thing is absurd. I understand why kids engage in this ridiculous arms race. What I don’t understand is why admissions officers, who have presumably met some teenagers…actually reward it. Why not give kids a bonus for showing up to a routine job during high school, like real people, instead of for having wealthy parents who can help you tap their affluent social network for charitable donations? Why have we conflated “excellence” with affluence, driven parents, and a relentless will to conform on the part of the kids? Unfortunately, the admissions system seems to be primarily geared towards fake sincerity and ersatz enrichment.
Twitter is highly popular with Saudis and has stirred broad debate on subjects ranging from religion to politics in a country where such public discussion had been considered at best unseemly and sometimes illegal…Saudi Arabia’s Interior Ministry described social networking, particularly Twitter, as a tool used by fighters to stir social unrest…Saudi Arabia’s top cleric last week described users of the microblogging site as “clowns” wasting time with frivolous and even harmful discussions…
As business-development V.P. for Foursquare, Tristan Walker helped the…app become a major contender…forging partnerships with…brands like MTV, Bravo, CNN, and The New York Times. Earlier this year Walker left the company and is now “entrepreneur in residence” at…venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. There, Walker is developing new businesses, while in his spare time working to build the nonprofit Code 2040, which helps provide opportunities in the tech industry to high-performing African-American and Latino students.