This is why News Sites no Longer Have Comment Sections

Okay, some online news sites still have comment sections.  Many do not, though, due to the troll thing.  Those sites’ administrators had to do something. Social media continues to be a resource for disrespectful people who want to vent, though.  It’s a safety net for people who can’t get through the day without saying things they might be reluctant to utter if their mothers were in the room. Below is a screenshot of a Twitter interaction from this morning.  I had retweeted something outrageous by a MAGA person, and included my own comment (visible in the screenshot below) before retweeting … Continue reading This is why News Sites no Longer Have Comment Sections

When Advertising on Social Media, be Really Careful

  During the weekend, a Twitter promotion of a blog post which I believed was acceptable was halted almost immediately after it began running.  I’ve been charged a small fraction of the amount I budgeted for the ad, and feel confident the charge is fair, given the number of people who saw the ad. Twitter’s reason was “inappropriate language,” which was not in the text I typed.  However, the blog post included a link to a one minute-long YouTube video by Maria Navarro which contained some common street profanity and a vulgar hand gesture.  Apparently, that was what did it. … Continue reading When Advertising on Social Media, be Really Careful

Accounts get Hacked. Don’t be too Quick to React to Offensive Posts

My blogsite was hacked, once.  Fortunately, I was signing in often to look at tracking data, so I discovered the problem immediately (my password had stopped working) and recovered the account on the same day.  I don’t believe any harm was done. Always use an obscure password which you don’t use on other accounts.  Ideally, every online password should be like a single fingerprint.  The advice on how often to change a password varies. The mistake I made was using a foreign word (with a correct diacritical mark, which seemed so clever at the time), followed by a predictable series … Continue reading Accounts get Hacked. Don’t be too Quick to React to Offensive Posts

The Fake News Industry is Bigger Than We Think

Most of us think we know what motivates fake news.  We may assume it’s a method of carrying out a newspaper publisher’s or broadcast company’s agenda.  However, it can also be false information that news outlets get from liars, which those news outlets subsequently report in good faith. You can probably think of other examples.  There’s one thing we aren’t likely to think of, though, which is why we should get our information from different sources and seek good commentators. This morning, I began reading a special issue of Lapham’s Quarterly, dedicated to the history of fake news.  I bought the magazine … Continue reading The Fake News Industry is Bigger Than We Think

Should the Human Condition go High Tech?

Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional.  This post shares observations which I have made solely on a personal level. Everything is automated now.  Often, we don’t even touch the sink faucet in a public restroom before washing our hands. Sensors on water faucets can help us avoid picking up additional microbes when we want our hands clean.  However, if you’ve ever soaped up your hands and then found it impossible to rinse them because the sensor on the tap has fallen asleep, you know modern technology isn’t always the answer. At the end of this post, please click … Continue reading Should the Human Condition go High Tech?

Naïve Wording, or Intended Vulgarity?

At the end of this post, please see two screenshots I found on “Constitutional Conservative” politician Paul Nehlen’s @pnehlen Twitter feed this morning: His profile, and a post which contains a Did he mean to say that? bit of profanity. In fairness, the four-letter T word is more obscure than most obscenities.  Still, this social media user’s post defends someone who has hurt women.  Did he set out to use a word which insults women?  We’ll never know.  There’s a chance one of his kindred spirits will approach him discreetly and say, “Paul, I’m sure you don’t know what you just did, but…”  … Continue reading Naïve Wording, or Intended Vulgarity?

Out of Fabric? You Can Still Make a Privacy Curtain, if You’re Creative

Dave Hill posted on Facebook this morning, and after communicating with him on social media (and reading his books, watching his videos and listening to his radio show) for a long time I’m still not sure what to think. It isn’t possible to use the Helen Christie public Facebook page to comment on others’ posts, so I used my private account.  The real name on my personal Facebook account is erased from the screenshot (see below) for privacy. Such nonsense. Anyone who wants to know my real name can find it during an internet search, but nobody cares to look. … Continue reading Out of Fabric? You Can Still Make a Privacy Curtain, if You’re Creative