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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The World We've Made

Apparently, it is now considered reasonable --- rather than an utter violation of privacy, repression of free speech, and coercive humiliation --- to demand that a potential employee turn over their username and password for social networking sites.

I don't even know where to begin to detail just how wrong this practice is. Yet this is a perfectly understandable result of our fierce progression toward "sharing" in the virtual world, and of our continued removal of the filters of what was once common social behavioral norms within that progression.

I used to think that we couldn't have it both ways: now I'm thinking that we simply aren't going to provide room to make a choice.

For the record, I do not, and never will, love Big Brother.