note : please do not take this post as an offense against facebook, the social network. I have great respect for their work, and I have many good friends working there. But sometimes, things get a little out of control due to emotion, and I want to make sure my non-French friends can visualize these things we’re being bombarded of, since facebook has territory bubbles.
Friday the 13th couldn’t be more nightmarish.Synchronized attacks on locations of high cultural significance of Paris (one near France’s biggest stadium, while two national teams were playing- think of the playoffs, for soccer, at the scale of Europe- and another at very popular indie music venue) hit France really hard, for a third time this year, though now hitting citizens at random.Promptly, my big brother Mark activated the “security check” feature of facebook :
Facebook telling me my friends have “checked in”
It’s the same kind of feature that was deployed during the last Nepal earthquake. But let me explain why things are *subtly* different in the context. Continue reading