“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”Ephesians 4:32

Social media is a glass half full/half empty. Naysayers see the glass half empty, painting social with the broad brushstroke of “bad.” But every technology has a half full/half empty…


One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility…


Mediocre — to be of moderate quality, value, ability, or performance — has this suggested origin:

from the Latin medius “middle” + ocris “rugged mountain.”

So in being mediocre, one is “somewhat mountainous.”

To be “somewhat mountainous” sounds pretty good, but in the context of Mount Everest and K2 (the…


I now recognize myself as a biased thing, a revolting ogre who sees issues as lensed and colored, who gorges his narrow, small-minded maw on narrow, small-minded beliefs. In this recognition (and revelation), I’ve found freedom. Because recognition is the first step to questioning your bias, to embracing the risk…


If you work in social media, there’s a demon that possesses you. It’s the demon of failed engagement, which is an outgrowth of one’s ego (Do they find me engaging?) and one’s fear (If they don’t, then have I lost my mojo?). Personal pronouns apply, even if you represent a…


This Is Water, the famous speech by the late David Foster Wallace, opens with this joke:

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” …


This will, God help me, suffer a blasphemy upon one of my favorite books.

In The Black Swan, author Nassim Taleb speaks to the “antilibrary,” a knowledge void that succumbs to the library we already own and worship:

Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. [A] library should…


I’m 48 years old.

And I never grew up.

Yes, I’m elongated from my former child-self, but that just means I’m taller … not grown up. In a sense, I’m a vertical juvenile, reaching the proper height but not the proper “heights.”

For the latter … “heights” … I still…


“Indoctrination” is a pointed word saddled with a soft clarity. Its definition fills several gray spaces, each one overlapping but each its own. Consider these similar yet dissimilar definitions of “indoctrination”:

  • the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically.
  • the process of inculcating…

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I don’t quite understand the response “All Lives Matter” as a counter to “Black Lives Matter.” It has the vague quality of one-up-manship; worse, it acts as a retort — an argumentative chess move — without any attempt at understanding or empathy. This retort diminishes the plea of desperation by…

Travis Burchart

Social media expert, higher education advocate, writer, Founding Fathers fan, lawyer in a past life

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