Today on Context Florida: Social media, Steve Schale, FAMU and medical marijuana

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Today on Context Florida:

As Plato once wrote, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” Laurie Uttich wonders if the ways we now connect make it difficult for us to remember Plato’s point. She is still trying to figure out what role social media should play, wondering if the 98 percent of her positive posts also add to the collective perception that other people’s lives are “perfect.”

The morning after the election, tired and a little dejected, Steven Schale stood with five Indians and four Pakistanis inside the Tampa International Airport, seeing them back off to Washington, DC. What he didn’t expect was what two of them said: “you have changed my entire view of your country.”

Chris Timmons says that once aware that FAMU fans were dissatisfied that football Coach Earl Holmes was fired four days before the school’s homecoming, Athletic Director Kellen Winslow formed a search committee to hire the next coach. Most people — on Facebook, at least — acknowledged how unusual that was.

Jamie Miller calls for everyone to stop calling the effort to legalize medical marijuana “Support Amendment 2.” That amendment to Florida’s Constitution failed, barely. Now, Miller says it is time the GOP Legislature should pass a sensible medical marijuana bill.

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