SONDERMANN | Social media + loneliness = tribalism

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Eric Sondermann

A very different Thanksgiving is on the way.For those still planning to gather en masse, I wish you well. Though let me suggest another accoutrement for your holiday table, that being a small bottle of Purell at each place setting. It is the go-to party favor this year. All the cool kids are doing it.

On our end, Tracy and I will be dining by ourselves. Yes, there will be a sadness to this. But we will still count our blessings. And we will then gather online with relatives far and wide for our annual ritual of gratitude. Everyone gets five kernels of corn, signifying how little some had in times past (and still in the current moment, too). We go around the room, this time around the Zoom grid, and each person uses their kernels to mention five things for which they give thanks. For us, it brings meaning to the gluttony.Knowing that many use Thanksgiving week as a break, perhaps especially so in this super-charged year, allow me to put on my critic’s cap and recommend both a book and a movie for reading and viewing during these slower days.The book first. …

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