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Hal in the New York Times Magazine

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Hi everyone…I’ve got a piece in the New York Times Magazine that comes out tomorrow. It’s already online here. It’s my formal write-up of the Failed Facebook Party. Give it a read and let me know what you think! Best, Hal.

ps – pick up the Sunday Times on your way to Canzine, and you can tell me what you think in person! I’ll be there all day, from 1-7.


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April C

Hal, that’s so sad, and yet, there is an element of truth to your poetic words…

people are busier than ever, and it’s sad that we don’t get together in person as much as we used to…  :( 

but on a happier note you’re upcoming book sounds fantastic and i can’t wait to read it!! smile

good luck hunting down new chums to share pints with and if I’m in toronto again, perhaps we could share a drink or two smile

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Dear Hal
I enjoyed reading your NY Times piece about your experiment. I guess you have lots of people that just offhand friend you because they’ve read your work…

I think it’s true that people don’t socialize nearly as much but it’s also true that civility is largely effaced by stuff like cellphones and Facebook.

People don’t think RSVPing is important. They ignore invitations instead of saying ‘thank you, but I can’t make it.’ Last time I checked, the polite thing to do when invited to a party is to thank the person who invited you and to not even respond strikes me as incredibly rude. But I think a lot of people don’t even see it that way at all.

Cell phones: having to wait to the last minute to update people on your plans instead of committing to a meeting time in the future the same day is a complete breakdown of any kind of civility or respect for other peoples’ time. It shows a lack of discipline and the cell phone enables all of that. I get so sick of waiting to the last minute to know when to meet someone. Before cell phones we just said, “OK, see you at 7” and that was that.

I could vent a lot about this….

People who are single and live alone understand the importance of making social plans to avoid loneliness. Most people with a partner they live with and / or a child or children have no appreciation for the importance of socializing outside the home. They have a built in social life and don’t need to make any efforts.

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