Why? Well, Facebook is a tech company, tech is easy to move on from. I change email programs once a week. But the "social" part? The part where I've lived in this online space for more than a decade? That takes some unpacking to disentangle from, to preserve what's worth preserving and delete the rest. Chen calls that "assessing what you'll lose," I call it mourning.
And the "network" part? Even trickier. Once you quit Facebook, how many event invites will you miss? How many photos of new babies will you never see? How many friends will you lose touch with? For better or worse, Facebook and social media like it have become part of our online lives together. So ejecting it altogether means we need to convince everyone we know to quit as well.
Suzanne Simard is a forest ecologist who's revolutionizing our understanding of trees. She has discovered that trees use underground networks to communicate and cooperate with each other. It turns out that whole forests can exist as a superorganism.
Richard Powers’ “The Overstory” is overturning a lot of conventional thinking. It’s been called “visionary” and “monumental.” And though human characters shape the plot of this 500-page epic, the real heroes are trees.