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Op-Ed Contributor - The Death of the R.S.V.P. - NYTimes.com
"What’s preventing us from executing this basic social task? Is it the medium? Do Evites somehow not feel like “real” invitations? Is it our busy lives, so overbooked and overwhelmed we’ve drawn up the castle gates? Don’t invite me out this month, I’m ensconced! Or is it simple rudeness? Try as I might to understand, I kept feeling dissed.

What’s clear is how hard the R.S.V.P. rubs against the grain of contemporary life. In requesting people to anchor a plan in the distant future of a month hence, you are demanding a kind of navigation that Americans increasingly do not practice. We prefer to remain flexy, solidifying our plans incrementally as the date approaches. Let’s talk tomorrow. I’ll call you when I’m on the road. Cellphones in hand, we microadjust our schedules as they unfold around us. We’re like the air traffic controllers of our own lives."

[see also: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anna-jane-grossman/rsvp-rip_b_510150.html ]
rsvp  etiquette  culture  trends  behavior  evite 
april 2010 by robertogreco
How Your Creepy Ex-Co-Workers Will Kill Facebook -- Facebook -- InformationWeek
"Columnist Cory Doctorow describes how Facebook and other social networks have built-in self-destructs: They make it easy for you to be found by the people you're looking to avoid."
corydoctorow  facebook  social  danahboyd  frinedster  myspace  socialgraph  socialnetworking  opensocial  networks  etiquette  evite  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  walledgardens  attention  blogs  convergence  networking  society  identity  privacy  culture  sociology  socialmedia  communication  aol  email  life  work  coworkers  history  trends 
november 2007 by robertogreco

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