And these [online] communities blossomed, starting with close friends and family then expanding to include co-workers and long lost childhood chums, finally welcoming obscure acquaintances and total strangers with whom we’ve never had a face to face conversation. We decided that to know and be known was a good thing, but never really thought it through.
This is good stuff. It's infused with melancholy and understanding. It gets to the heart of the human condition, to the war that rises from the conflict between the need to be loved and the desire to be left alone. And it is a subject that resonates with anyone who has ever experienced something too heavy for Twitter. Social media encourages infinite how-you-doings, but is totally unprepared for any answer other than, "Fine."