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Facebook Nation

Leonidas Donskis

THR photo illustration; flag photo ©Jim Barber/Shutterstock.

Nowadays, we are all global exiles.

“Facebook is down! The end of the world must have commenced!” —A Lithuanian Facebook entry posted October 21, 2013, while the server was down

A German anthropologist who lived in England and was studying the society and culture of Kosovo Albanians once said something that lodged firmly in my memory: Whenever she wanted to make an interesting thought or position available to Albanian students or intellectuals, she simply published it on her Facebook page. “You don’t have to add a comment or explain anything,” she said with a smile. “The posting of it on Facebook is a sure sign that the message is a good one.”

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