Times Writer Overshares His Lazy, Nasty Side in Column About Oversharing

Dated examples, mean anecdotes

Accusing social-media addicts of oversharing is the very definition of shooting fish in a barrel. Yet New York Times columnist Roger Cohen managed to botch the job last week. In his Thursday piece, "Thanks for Not Sharing," Cohen's primary example of an overly personal tweet that he just "came across"—which read, "Have such a volcanically deep zit laying roots in my chin that it feels like someone hit me with a right cross"—was actually posted in February 2010 and is so dated that it even appeared in Jeff Jarvis's 2011 book Public Parts.

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