Digital Tombstones and Dying Invisibly in Plain Sight

Digital Tombstones and Dying Invisibly in Plain Sight

By 2012, just eight years after the platform was launched, 30 million users with Facebook accounts had died. That number has only gone up since. Some estimates claim more than 10,000 users die each day.

Let that sink in for a second.

I don't know if this fact unnerves you but it sure as hell gives me a moment of pause.

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Tell Them One Thousand-and-One Times and Then Change Your Tactic

Tell Them One Thousand-and-One Times and Then Change Your Tactic

If you were watching that parent scream at his child, you might suggest he try another tactic rather than hostility and demands. You might suggest that another approach to his child might bear a more fruitful result. You might suggest that his frustration and rage, while perhaps completely justified, is not achieving the result he wants. And, sure, he might tell you to stick it up your ass but at least you tried.

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The Jason Chin Model For Socio-Political Revolution

The Jason Chin Model For Socio-Political Revolution

If you knew him, and a lot of people did, ahead of time fair warning; This isn’t a story about Jason Chin specifically. He’s a guy I and a lot of people remember fondly, and he’s an important part of the story, but I don’t want you to feel baited and switched on like this essay’s title was the trailer for Across The Universe. Great trailer, by the way. Trailer.

Anyways, he’s a small character in a larger but still itself small story. If you indulge me with your patience I think you’ll see that there is a point to that. Also, among the stories I could have told to illustrate same point I chose this one because A) I’ve never told it before, and B) I think his part in it is illustrative of one of the really important and cool things about him and C) I think he would have liked it.

So there’s that. Let’s start with getting the specificity of our scene out.

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Wanna Get Paid to Write for Literate Ape?

Wanna Get Paid to Write for Literate Ape?

When we started Literate Ape, the primary goal was to be able to pay writers to write.

We do our many events (including Identity Flip, The Sickest Fucking Stories I Ever Heard and the upcoming BUGHOUSE!) so that we can use the money made at the box office to pay our contributors.  Eventually, I'll put on my pasties and fish net stockings and go out and whore ourselves out for paid sponsors. Why? To pay our writers.

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I Believe... [Dating Advice from John Hughes is BAD]

...that, like I believe that Apple products are superior to all other computing devices and that my wife could totally beat your dad up, the best piece of pizza in the City of Chicago is at Pequod's Pizza.

...that the crap you read on Twitter is never policy nor is it legal directive of any kind so stop letting The Trumpster Fire continue to distract you from the important stuff.

This is called harassment via Peter Gabriel.

This is called harassment via Peter Gabriel.

...that anyone still adhering to the dating advice of a John Hughes movie must realize that Lloyd Dobler was a bit of a stalker who refused to listen when a woman said "No." Which means your pursuit of that woman who keeps telling you to leave her alone is creepy as shit. For Christ's sake, STOP.

...that those who continue to hold desperately onto their old neighborhoods are luddites in the wake of the gig economy, the impermanence foisted upon brick and mortar businesses by the internet and technology, and an archaic sense of what community has come to mean.

...that online outrage is becoming like the cries of Chicken Little or the Boy Who Cried Wolf. The fatigue of every outrage becomes a numbing white noise that threatens to drown out actual policy changes being made that have genuine impact.

How Old are You in Your Dreams?

How Old are You in Your Dreams?

Ask around.

When you dream, how old are you in that strange, dusky landscape called your subconscious? Do you know? Does anyone, really?

I don't remember a lot of my dreams. I sleep like a wood carving or a stone tablet. When I'm out, I am out. But when I do remember my dreams, I can't recall what age I may be. It always seems a bit like I'm physically all over the place but mentally the age I am now (which some might argue is about 13). How old should I be?

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I, Superhero

I, Superhero

The past few summers have set the stage for what some call "too many superhero movies."  I just this week went to Spiderman: Homecoming with Ray (I loved it) and am looking forward to Justice League as well as The Defenders on Netflix, Thor: Ragnarok,  Black Panther,  Gotham City Sirens, etc.  I love these multiverses for a variety of reasons.

But Moore, the cracked genius behind WatchmenV for Vendetta and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, cannot be easily dismissed.

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