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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Facebook has just inadvertently reminded me how much time I spend on Facebook by at least temporarily (hopefully temporarily?) destroying the service. Big social networks routinely test out new algorithms on small subsets of users. And I think that as of like an hour ago I've been selected to be one of those tests. As of right now, my entire Facebook feed is made up of pictures, comments, life events and more of people I've never heard of before - almost exclusively people I've never heard of or seen before. It seems to be an experiment where my entire feed is populated by posts by people who I do not know but ones that my Facebook friends have liked or commented on. This has always been part of the Facebook algorithm. But usually the majority of things you see are from people you know.

It sucks. But more than that it is eye-opening and a little jarring to me just how disconcerting and unpleasant it is. Sartre said that hell is other people; actually it turns out to be the life events of people you don't know. By way of painful contrast it shows me just how affirming and comfortable my normal experience visiting the site is or at least how habituated I have become to it.

Is anyone else also in this test?

My friend Jeff Goldberg goes to great lengths in this new article to get us to take Michael Oren and his new book ('Ally') seriously and not be led astray by the book's publicity campaign or the opeds Oren himself has written in support of it, which are apparently far less nuanced than the book itself. And yet, in Jeff's interview, Oren comes off as precisely the over-clever asshole Goldberg wants him not to be. We hear again and again from Oren's defenders (and to be clear, Goldberg isn't really defending him, as much as he'd clearly like to) that the former Israeli ambassador wanted to write a book about the fatal shortcomings of President Obama's Iran diplomacy and yet somehow accidentally wrote a book in which he not only psychoanalyzes President Obama but all of American Jewry. The latter are too conflicted and defensive about their identity as Jews not to give thanks that they were born in the same era as Benjamin Netanyahu, the embodiment of the Jewish people who brings together both Maimonides and Herzl into one unified, deluxe Jewish person. (I hate it when that happens!) Because there is no possible reason other than a psychological one why American Jews might not genuflect at the Netanyahu altar.

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