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Julie Wittes Schlack

Julie Wittes Schlack writes essays, short stories and book reviews for various publications. By day, she leads the product innovation team for C Space, a Boston-based consumer collaboration company.

Latest by Julie Wittes Schlack


Wow! Love Facebook Reactions? Or Sad Them?

By Julie Wittes Schlack

Facebook’s new feature offers the promise of more authentic and nuanced expression. But will they strengthen relationships, or just boost advertising effectiveness?


Welcome Distractions: The Triumph Of Normal Life

By Julie Wittes Schlack

As the people of Paris and other terrorized cities resume normal life, we should consider whether our routines and distractions help us cope or help us adapt to the unacceptable.


Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech And The Freedom To Disagree

By Julie Wittes Schlack

Both sides in the debate over Charlie Hebdo’s Freedom of Expression Courage Award from PEN American Center embody free expression at its best – thoughtful people who strive for consensus but accept disagreement.


Monica Lewinsky’s Second Act

By Julie Wittes Schlack

The former White House intern’s emergence as an anti-cyber-bullying advocate illustrates both the healthy and dark sides of rewriting one’s narrative.


Reclaiming A Heritage Of Debate

By Julie Wittes Schlack

An increasingly polarized American Jewish community must find ways to directly discuss and debate the conflicts in the Middle East — our identity depends on it.


Digital Natives: Plugged In, But Connected?

By Julie Wittes Schlack

For all of their real time communication, for all of that so-called ‘sharing’ via pictures and urls and status updates, today’s kids are hard-pressed to name a common experience.


6 Reasons Why Listicles Must Die

By Julie Wittes Schlack

“Listicles” are polluting news sites with their shareable, yet inane, content. Julie Wittes Schlack is fighting back with, what else, a listicle of her own.


Why Jokes Matter

By Julie Wittes Schlack

Jokes are stories, mini-epiphanies. They help us see ourselves as others do, and as they disappear, or morph with time, we’re losing those opportunities for insight.


Regulars: The Casual Encounters That Shape Our Days

By Julie Wittes Schlack

Old friends know us long and well, marking our changes over the course of years and lifetimes. But the people we know only by sight, often only in a specific location, lend shape and meaning to each day.