How to buy intellectual resources?

Teaching Facebook a Lesson  November 4, 2011 – 04:19 pm
How to buy intellectual

Our bookstore attracts free spirits, intellectuals, and weirdos–sometimes all in one person. So of course some bookstore friends and I have enjoyed inventing a new game; it’s what creative, bibliophilic, dangerously over-educated and slightly maladjusted people do.

It started after the latest hoopla about “the big F is ruining our privacy and we are being sold as products to marketers via those little pop-up ads” escalated into “Homeland Security is watching you.”

Yeah. The government’s clear-headed efficiency dealing with every project undertaken to date has me quaking in terror about the laser beam of intellectual resources targeted at ferreting out anarchists like me.

Actually, I’m not an anarchist; I voted Democrat in the last election (in case you were confused on that point). But since I live in the Bible Belt’s buckle, that makes me look like an anarchist to some of the neighbors. I don’t mind. They usually send over fresh-baked muffins or rolls with their religious flyers. And when I leave flyers for the Democratic party on their front porch, I anchor them with a jar of homemade chutney.

It’s easy for the five thousand or so of us living here in Big Stone to remember that politics is politics, family is family, and ain’t nobody out there beyond the mountains who loves us as much as we love each other. The same cannot be said of The Facebook Community. I suppose when you get a billion or so people together, there are bound to be disagreements that become hard to settle. But the idea that someone, somewhere is keeping an eye on who disagrees with whom, about what, and why, is not nearly so plausible as that a whole bunch of someones (or, more to the point, somethings) are keeping tabs on what we talk about and what we “like” so they can sell us more of the same.

Source: Wendy Welch, Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap

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You know man, there's a lot of people who can think for themselves. If you really want to share this data and the data is factual, then post it, or link to it. What you've posted is a bit like an editorial. It's your take and I personally prefer to do the interpretation myself. I can tell you that the studio I moved in to in 1998 was priced at $725 then and it's being advertised at the low low p...explain this course of action though I can admire their committment to their chosen course of action regardless of it's financially unsound nature.
I must say the landlords aren't garnering a whole lot of goodwill these days. Hooray for Rent Control. Up with tenent rights and down with landlord tyranny. Speak your mind publicly or forever hold your piece (spelling intended).

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