As we creep past the august 9/11 anniversary and find heavy hearts and dulled minds still held in suspension by the failure of our sovereign nation to defend itself from foreign invasion — we can look up to the stars and try to enjoy the new Facebook Lite that went live for everyone yesterday.
If you’ve lived long enough on the internet, you know when a great thing is absorbed by a bigger thing — notice I didn’t say “grander” thing — the great thing, more often than not, becomes lesser and everything good about it disappears. This is “The Spongeworthy Theory” in action: “Please, sir, could I be absorbed to become something more?” “But of course, laddie, we’ll take your great idea, suck the life out of it — and you’ll become our new old shoe!”
I read something interesting somewhere the other day and the simple, arresting, argument was this: “The memoir-as-a-book as we know it is dead.”
If you aren’t yet on FriendFeed — you should be — because that social networking site gets everything right in the proper way.