Jonathan Franzen dispensed some optimistic guidance in a NY Times Op-Ed essay, an adaptation of his recent commencement speech to Kenyon graduates.
He covers techno-consumerism, the environmentalist anger that once confined him to his room and his bird-watching revelation that assuaged his real life qualms. You even find out about his recent Blackberry upgrade. He ends with the suggestion that real life love is much better (and much more painful) than general liking– the kind of liking that is infinitely abundant in social media. HTML Giant’s response to the essay provides some alternate perspective.