Make Them Push You Off the Battlefield (UPDATED)

by baldilocks Julie Kelly at American Greatness: If you are someone on the political Right who might quit Twitter because it just banned Jesse Kelly, here’s my plea: Don’t. After the shocking news spread Sunday night that Twitter had deplatormed the conservative influencer for unknown reasons, some conservatives are threatening to leave the social media site. Glenn … Continue reading Make Them Push You Off the Battlefield (UPDATED)

Troll-Feeding and You

by baldilocks I was just thinking about trolls; rather fondly, in fact. There are very few on my Facebook page, because I run a tight ship there. I don't want my parents, nieces and nephews rushing in to defend me when some imbecile insults me, so, while my page is set for anyone to read, … Continue reading Troll-Feeding and You

Why Christine Ford Can’t Be Trusted explained in One Sentence to Young People

Christine Ford supposedly believed she was sending a letter in confident yet her entire Social Media Presence disappeared weeks before her name became public almost as if she and/or the people "handling" her wanted to make sure that you didn't see her for who she actually is. Update:  Consider the contrast to Brett Kavanaugh who … Continue reading Why Christine Ford Can’t Be Trusted explained in One Sentence to Young People

Breaking Free

by baldilocks Andrew Klavan: One of my theories about the classic gangster television series The Sopranos is that creator David Chase recognized an important truth about the structure of TV storytelling. In normal stories, a protagonist is placed in a situation that uniquely challenges his character so that in traveling through the arc of the story he … Continue reading Breaking Free

First They Came for Alex Jones’ Info Wars and We Did Nothing Because…

First they came for Alex Jones and his Info Wars and so many stayed silent, including too many on the political right.  When the same social media organizations come to silence their next right wing website will so may remain silent, or will it be too late?  Once censorship like this begins, there is usually … Continue reading First They Came for Alex Jones’ Info Wars and We Did Nothing Because…

Social Media Produces Lots of Unfinished Business

by baldilocks From our beloved Mr. Reynolds: I think a lot about whether social media are good or bad for society. I’ve written about how they make it easier for people to form mobs, facilitate the weaponization of emotion, and allow bad ideas to spread like disease through early civilizations. But I also have to wonder: Are social media bad for … Continue reading Social Media Produces Lots of Unfinished Business

30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years Today: NEVER VENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

The Internet is forever Modern Proverb This is the only bit of advice that I have given in all caps but it is about as critical as it gets. In life there are always frustrations and in the days before the internet people vented in a bar, or to a friend or, as I like … Continue reading 30 Tips to Stay Married 30 Years Today: NEVER VENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA!

Is Social Media Working for You or Against You?

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT --  As a high school educator I have spent the last several years of my career lamenting the distraction that is social media in the classroom.  When I started teaching twenty-two years ago I didn’t own a cell phone.  Not many of my students did either and at that time I … Continue reading Is Social Media Working for You or Against You?

Save our kids by giving teachers guns and banning Facebook

We need to talk about school shootings. Somehow in the past, we didn't have this problem. Somehow, kids brought guns to school all the darn time without deciding that it was a good idea to gun down their fellow students. I was guilty of leaving a bunch of shotgun shells in my book bag in … Continue reading Save our kids by giving teachers guns and banning Facebook

Tweets not so sweet for generating news

A 2010 report that said most journalists used Twitter, Facebook or blogs as vital news sources didn't receive much public attention, but it noted what has become a huge shift in how the mainstream media operates. The survey – conducted by Cision, a public relations firm, and Don Bates of The George Washington University’s Master’s … Continue reading Tweets not so sweet for generating news

Social Media Storm Chasing, Part One

by baldilocks Every day there’s a new online outrage. This probably started eons ago -- Internet time scale -- but since the onset of the Social Media Age a little more than ten years ago, outrage has become its own reward. Watching it is a guilty pleasure – voyeuristic, one might say – but when … Continue reading Social Media Storm Chasing, Part One

Trump Trumps Social Media – What Businesses Can Learn from Our POTUS

As one of the biggest marketing tools we have, social media is being tapped by companies large and small. It is one of the most effective ways to ‘collect’ followers while building a brand. One US digital marketing company, Single Grain, regularly explores new and innovative ways to tap the power of social media, but … Continue reading Trump Trumps Social Media – What Businesses Can Learn from Our POTUS

Ads say the darnedest things

As a social media nerd (perhaps you know the type), I take note of the political ads in the sidebars and footers of the blogs and pages I follow. The unseen forces that affect ad-placing algorithms have figured out that I'm pro-life, and most of the political ads I see are for more-or-less pro-life candidates. … Continue reading Ads say the darnedest things

The Possibility of Periscope

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – I’m usually pretty slow to catch up to new social media and I’m sure this is no exception, but I’ve recently discovered Periscope, Twitter’s live-stream app.  I’m told it is similar to the Meerkat app, which I’ve never used. Via Periscope, I’ve spent the past ten days in Munich at … Continue reading The Possibility of Periscope

Facebook: Where everyone is a star in their own soap opera…

but, is there a more sinister side to Facebook? I'm not a huge fan of Facebook, and I still don't get the point of Twitter. When I first was on Facebook, I went crazy and started gathering friends as though my life depended on it.  I confess to having a feeling of some importance when … Continue reading Facebook: Where everyone is a star in their own soap opera…

Arguing With A Liberal: I’ll Never Learn

  By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT -- Probably nowhere in the world of social media can one find more of a cesspool of rumor, misinformation, immaturity, and drama than on Facebook. There is maybe some merit for Twitter: I usually get breaking news faster on Twitter than anywhere else.  Tweets are, of course, thankfully limited to … Continue reading Arguing With A Liberal: I’ll Never Learn

Progressive’s Flo vs Dead woman’s brother with a blog, No Contest

Gilbert Huph: Complaints I can handle. What I can't handle is your customers' inexplicable knowledge of Insuricare's inner workings. They're experts! Experts, Bob! Exploiting every loophole! Dodging every obstacle! They're penetrating the bureaucracy! The Incredibles 2004 You can't miss the ads for Progressive insurance they are all over TV all the time, some are pretty … Continue reading Progressive’s Flo vs Dead woman’s brother with a blog, No Contest