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“The Social Dilemma”

Who are you when you’re not on Facebook? / Cindy La Ferle

“Stop looking for others to validate or verify you. You were already somebody before your social media account was created.” ~Germany Kent


Social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter, influence everything from our political beliefs to our spending habits to our mental health — in ways we never imagined until recently. If you’re interested in learning more about social media platforms — including their ever-increasing dangers and privacy issues — don’t miss the new Netflix documentary, The Social Dilemma. 


Of special interest are the candid interviews with platform innovators and inventors — each explaining how the social media tools you’re using are actually using you. On the recommendation of a friend (who cancelled a couple of her social media accounts the day after she saw it), Doug and I watched this compelling film last night and highly recommend it. ~CL

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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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