Rethinking Social Media, One Story at a Time

To my readers,

First, if you’re reading this, thank you sincerely for taking the time to read through the articles I’ve written, and to sign up to see more.

Have you ever wondered why social media uses the term “followers”? It’s a bit bizarre, when you think about it, because…

What Does Corporate Intrusion Look Like in 3D?

TLDR: Faced with yet another onslaught of serious questions about the ethics of their behavior, and about social media in general, Facebook has (*ahem*) courageously rebranded and tried to distract the world with shiny new technology. Their new company, Meta, is devoted to bringing about the Metaverse — a virtual-reality…

Life Happens When You Exit the Highway

Greenhorn Park

To the best of my knowledge, nobody has calculated how many people pass through Yreka¹, California, on Interstate 5 each day, as they travel to and from the Oregon border. The number is certainly measured in thousands, and if I had to ballpark it based on my experience I’d put…

A Thought For Those Who Want to Escape the Noise

There are two main routes out of Riverside, California, for someone who is travelling to San Francisco. Both routes converge at Interstate-5 south of Bakersfield.

The I-5 is the long, concrete spine that enervates the West Coast, stretching from San Ysidro on the Mexican border up to the northern edge…

And The Reason I Will be Doing It Anyway

There are very few places in the world that are better suited for reconsidering your life choices than a tiny shack in the middle of nowhere.

It’s a proper shack. Twelve feet long by twelve feet wide, and situated at the far end of a long rural lane south of…

The Polls are Messed Up. But What Does that Mean?

I spent the evening of the 2016 election at a victory party for Hillary Clinton.

I arrived at the door that night smiling. I had spent the whole day looking at the productive part of my computer, not the internet part. I knew nothing.

The first crack in my optimism…

What do you do with mindfulness when you’re miserable?

I’ve spent the better part of the last three weeks fighting a nasty chest cold. It’s insidious — the type that attacks in waves. The first wave started in the back of my throat and then migrated into my chest, the way most of my colds normally do. I spent…

James Horton

Social scientist, world traveller, and writer. I try to capture life as it is lived.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store