"Vaguebooking is how people share bad news WITH Facebook without sharing bad news ON Facebook. … By alluding to our problems, but not stating them outright, we give our Facebook friends the opportunity to self-select as bad news recipients"
"Society’s focus shifted from dying well to living well; even the Church abandoned Ars Moriendi texts in favor of the powerful medical technologies developed throughout the 20th century. Suddenly the dying process was a battlefield where the physician fought illness and patients saw their bodies as foreign to their selves. This is where we are today; our image of dying is the elderly patient lying in bed, intubated, and surrounded by devices that preserve something akin to life. It’s certainly not any form of life that we’ve ever known before"
"When it comes right down to it, it doesn’t take much more than common sense or a basic grasp of the social sciences to understand that what we say on Facebook is a biased representation of how we feel, and that this bias seriously limits what we can learn from the Facebook experiment, as designed"