When Orwellian Surveillance Starts at Home

Disclosure:  This post appears in slightly different form on a private social media page. On this post, I’m sharing a screenshot of something I found on Twitter earlier this afternoon.  Both Twitter entries are by the same person, and I believe she is acting with good intentions.  Her avi and username are ersased from the screenshot because of my own concerns about a phone app she is using. Unfortunately, the second (lower) message includes a link to a blogsite which recommends the app in question.  That’s where I got more uncomfortable, and I cropped the link from the screenshot. According … Continue reading When Orwellian Surveillance Starts at Home

If You’re on Twitter, Action is Needed

A couple of days ago, we received word that O.J. Simpson has opened a Twitter account, and claims to have some “getting even” to do. I’m apprehensive about posting anything on this topic because any statement can serve as publicity for this individual.  Still, if you use Twitter, there’s a strong possibility that sooner or later you’ll see a post by him. Here’s an idea:  Block him now.  Sign in to your Twitter account, go to the page with username @TheRealOJ32 and block all posts by said user.  On a computer screen, you should see three vertical dots next to … Continue reading If You’re on Twitter, Action is Needed

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

In Retrospect, November 8, 1994 Wasn’t as Weird as we Thought

Remember how outrageous it seemed in November 1994, when Oliver North was almost elected to the U.S. Senate? We were so innocent then. P.S. We had no business being surprised last May, when Ollie was chosen as President of the National Rifle Association.  Yes, that was shitty, but it’s time to be a little more blasé about these things.  Expect shitty. Oh, and here’s the winner of the award for Best Tweet of the Day: Continue reading In Retrospect, November 8, 1994 Wasn’t as Weird as we Thought

When Twitter Users Don’t Have the Answers — But Some Think They Do

Twitter wasn’t yet in existence when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold committed a mass shooting at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.  I recall a confusing media reaction to the Columbine tragedy which may have the same root as some posts we’re seeing on Twitter now, though. There were conflicting reports on whether Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were bullied by classmates prior to their rampage.  Actually, the reports flip-flopped like a weather forecast.  To this day, if we look hard enough we’ll find only speculation, and very few people even want to discuss the possibility that two teenagers … Continue reading When Twitter Users Don’t Have the Answers — But Some Think They Do

Teddy Bears Never Stop Protecting Us

If you’re on Twitter, I recommend following username @Emergency_Teds.  They keep the United Kingdom safe, and some of us already know from experience that stuffed animals protect us at home. While we’re on the topic:  Please refrain from putting currency in the clotheswasher/dryer.  Check all pockets carefully before washing.  Some of us really can’t tolerate the sound of a coin spinning in the dryer.  It’s as bad as fingernails on a blackboard. Continue reading Teddy Bears Never Stop Protecting Us

Late Night TV Challenges Donald “Bone Spur” Trump

Late this morning I looked at The Guardian’s site, and found this article with videos of monologues from late night talk shows.  This isn’t the first time Donald Trump has gotten hell from people with basic good sense, but it’s one of the most important times. https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/feb/27/late-night-hosts-on-trumps-parkland-comments Oh, and here’s a screenshot of a Twitter post from Sarah Chadwick.  She is a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: Continue reading Late Night TV Challenges Donald “Bone Spur” Trump