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Liking Is For Cowards. Go for What Hurts
Love. Like. Like. Love. People talk about it, but somehow they don’t really know how to define these two things. Jonathan Franzen takes out a minute to answer the difference between these two things.
“Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts”, is written by Jonathan Franzen and published in The New York Times, May 28, 2011. Franzen is an acclaimed American novelist and essayist. The essay is pretty much based on a speech he gave at Kenyon College in Ohio, USA.
This essay is based on Jonathan Franzen’s own view on the dangers of today’s consumers’ obsession with social media and modern technology. He starts off by describing his relationship with his new Blackberry-phone and how he has rejected the old one. Based on his own experiences, Jonathan Franzen brings up a critique of today’s youth. He is afraid that we are in the middle of the excitement of these technological wonders that are only for us, which doesn’t make no demands, forget good old-fashioned empathy, human contact and heartfelt love.
Using technology has become more and more our place to “hide” from the world. It is everywhere. People who has problems being sociable, has this opportunity to become something they aren’t on the internet. Many youngsters love to express their feelings through the internet, because it’s a way where you can call for help. Today, many people from the past centuries would be blown away by the world, that we are living in now.
When people talk about the word “liking” we often associated it with the social website, which we all know as Facebook. These People don’t actually love the thing they see. They only like them, maybe because they become a part of the social network, and to be “seen”. Franzen therefore mentions this as “Commercial culture’s substitute for loving” and this is basically the truly definition of loving and liking. Also this is another way to say that, we as human beings are really obsessed with the internet and

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