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    LongreadsDevin Kelly7/22/2127 min
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    • Jessica
      Top reader this weekScribe
      2 weeks ago

      Thoroughly enjoyed this piece. It made me think of how I still find social media a terrible influence (and certainly a tool for commodification of so much described here - friendship, community, simply being human).

      I think about the beauty of being dependent on another's whims so often these days. I think about missing the beauty that comes with such a long, extended moment.

      I worry friendship is the next territory of consumption and commodification, to the point where you can no longer simply wander with a friend, just to see what closeness might occur.

      Beautifully put. The experience of building closeness and unforgettable memories isn't often something that can be stated within a sentence or two (the author made the example of running across NY, questioning how important it is for him to say that he ran across the state versus soaking in something more ineffable, "the dailiness of our experience."

      • thorgalle
        Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
        2 weeks ago

        Seeing this comment makes me happy, welcome back Jessica!

        I had highlighted that second quote in my notes, and written: “Has this not already been commodified by social media?".

        I aptly thought about this article again when running today, the first time in a long time, with both my brothers. One leg hurt a bit, and we went further than I would've on my own. I had to re-tie my shoelaces twice, halting the others. One brother farted once while running ahead, the other flipped his ankle, so we had to walk a part. I really wouldn't have had it any other way. We had all left our phones home (an unconcerted effort, somehow).

        • Jessica
          Top reader this weekScribe
          1 week ago

          Hi, Thor!!

          I think about friendship commodification by social media ALL the time. And I feel afraid thinking about the future of our relationships with the direction social media is going (to me, the experience on social media is just getting worse, and yet I still find myself often unable to get away from it).

          One brother farted once while running ahead

          Got a big laugh out of me with this one

    • thorgalle
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      2 weeks ago

      Good. There is value and meaning in being inconvenienced by others.