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Whole new world

We all know about Dear John letters. Now we have the Dear John Facebook post:

A Brooklyn woman scored a judge’s approval to legally change her relationship status to “single” via Facebook.

In a landmark ruling, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper is allowing a nurse named Ellanora Baidoo to serve her elusive husband with divorce papers via a Facebook message.

Baidoo, 26, “is granted permission serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook,” with her lawyer messaging Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku through her account, Cooper wrote.

“This transmittal shall be repeated by plaintiff’s attorney to defendant once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged” by her hard-to-find hubby.

"Dear John. I am unwifing you. My status has changed to "cheating with your best friend who beat the draft. Have a nice war." Could have been worse, I guess -- a Dear John tweet.

I was chatting with a primary election candidate yesterday, and we got to talking about the new digital reality. He made the observation that our concept of geography is changing, i.e. where we live doesn't matter all that much anymore. I think that's exactly right. My brother lives in Texas and my sister in Indianapolis. Where I live now is in the triangle made by those two places and Fort Wayne. It's a virtual world, yes, but the one that contains what's important to me. When we're connected by text or smart phone or Facebook or whatever platform, that virtual triangle is our world. And when we disconnect, I can go to the Internet and order food or download a novel to read. Those streets outside that will lead me through a city called Fort Wayne? Well, I'll get on them and go to work and re-enter the virtual world through another portal.