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Culture

Culture

“So yearnful are we for real social bonds that our new wave fantasies are the rudimentary pleasantries of 25 years ago – thanks to the shackles of the World Wide Web, legions of young people today view banal chit chats with waitresses and optometrists as unrealistic as ChatRoulette sessions with Darth Vader and Slender Man.”

Of all the predictable things I was anticipating about Christmas 2016: making Christmas cookies, the candlelight Christmas Eve church service, our traditional Christmas Eve meal, Mariah Carey on the stereo over a lazy day exchanging presents, none of that happened.