How do "Amazing, Gorgeous and Not Like That" and "Dear Internet" by Tina Fey relate to what Brian Williams is saying in "Enough About You"? On what points or concepts to the two pieces of nonfiction cross over? Are they saying something similar or discussing the same topic differently?

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"Amazing, Gorgeous, and Not Like That" discusses a photoshoot from Tina Fey's point of view. She makes it clear that they aren't really shooting her as she is. Instead, they're creating an image of her that is closer to perfection which they can sell to their audience. In "Dear Internet," she addresses criticisms levied at her by anonymous people online. Both are humorous essays.

Brian Williams writes about how the Internet has magnified the "me" culture in America and causes people to miss great new ideas and important information by focusing on themselves and their echo chambers above all else. He wonders whether so much personalized access by so many people is actually damaging for media and society in the long run.

It's possible to make a connection between these articles. The largest one would be that everyone wants to put their best face forward on the Internet. No one wants to publish an image of themselves that's close to reality, with graying hair or wrinkled skin. Instead, things are photoshopped and processed to be appealing to everyone. It could be argued that this helps take away from reality online and encourages people to just put their best (if dishonest) face forward with everything from selfies to how they report the news. Happy and personalized information might get more subscribers—and that can change how things are presented.

The anonymity of the Internet can also be an issue when it comes to getting important information. There's no one to hold accountable for telling lies if they're said from behind a fake name. In the same way, people like Fey can't respond directly to critics who cower behind a pseudonym.

So while all three articles are tackling very different topics, there are still some connections that can be made between them.

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