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Urban chat: The ‘subtle art’ of knowing just enough

  • Lynda Ibrahim

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 14 2019   /  02:25 am

“Not my circus, not my monkeys”, and all its permutations that blend indifference and exasperation, has been orbiting around me lately. More and more, this utterance is followed by a deliberately narrowed presence on social media.So, I started asking around, and the answers generally held the same sentiment: Thanks to 24/7 digital media and social media, we’re forced to know too much about other people, which has led to increased social friction.A friend said that he was arguing more frequently with his relatives, now that everyone feels free to declare and pontificate lengthily on their political beliefs. Another complained that what was once a mundane post of her photograph in swimwear on a beach might today invite unsolicited preaching from her newly pious peers.And an old pal moaned that what starte...