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You Are Under No Obligation To Engage

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: My overarching online rule is that I am under no obligation to engage anyone just because I choose to post anything, period, anywhere. Facebook is not a social contract. It is a form of expression. At least my space is. I didn’t need to say that out loud, but there it is…

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Ferguson Riot Critics: You’re Doing It Wrong

This will be less about the riot in Ferguson – which is over, for the record, and to which I have already committed a great many words – and more about people who have been criticizing it. Part of the problem with protest and riot criticism in this case – aside from the fact that…

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Dear People Who Think We’re Wrong About Ferguson

Dear People Who Think We’re Wrong: You don’t have to comment on any thread anywhere, post anywhere, tweet anything. The system already supports your position. You’re already on the winning team. You’re not a revolutionary holding back the tide of wrong-people; you’re wasting your precious king-of-the-hill time debating anyone who thinks an injustice has occurred.…

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Looting is a Response, Not an Opportunity

We need to reexamine looting. Regarding its critics, let me start by saying that, at the level of determining solid community building options, critics of looting are right: it’s not productive. What is built from looting? Not much. Certainly nothing in the concrete world. On top of that, looting is illegal. It is against the…