August 28, 2016

Why Hasn't #AtheistVoter Caught On?

VotingI know there are a number of websites that help users track the popularity of various hashtags on Twitter over various intervals of time. I think it would be great to be able to enter a few hashtags, the desired time frame, and see them graphed based on frequency of use. Unfortunately, I have yet to find one that provides this sort of information free of charge. I'm only a little curious, and I do not see myself paying for this capability.

I bring this up with the #AtheistVoter hashtag in mind. I've mentioned the #AtheistVoter campaign here a few times since I became aware of it in 2014. I thought it was a great idea, and I hoped that it might help to increase the political activity of atheists in the U.S. From what I can tell, it has still not caught on in any meaningful way. This may have something to do with people not knowing about it or the relatively haphazard way in which most of us who have been using it have been using it (i.e., as individuals without any sort of coordinated effort). But what has been the biggest surprise is just how unpopular the hashtag seems to be.

August 27, 2016

How to Turn Off Twitter's New Filter

Ruído NoiseDo you use Twitter? Do you oppose censorship? Would you prefer to decide for yourself what sort of content you are exposed to rather than someone you don't know deciding on your behalf? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you may be interested in disabling Twitter's latest attempt to protect you from views that may differ from your own.

Evidently, Twitter has not only developed a new "quality filter," but they have turned it on for all users by default. That means that this filter is now active on your account. The good news is that it is easy to turn it off.

Here's how to do it:
  1. Log in to your Twitter account from your computer.
  2. Click your avatar on the upper right-hand corner of the screen (profile and settings) and select "Settings."
  3. Select "Notifications" from the menu on the left side of the page.
  4. Uncheck the box next to "Quality filter" and hit "Save changes."

August 24, 2016

Jill Stein Accuses Critics of Mansplaining

Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein seems determined to do her best to make it impossible for me to vote for her in the upcoming election. While she still has an edge over Hillary Clinton with regard to the likelihood of receiving my vote, that isn't saying much. And when what you see below recently appeared on her Facebook page, my tentative plan to support her is going to require some additional thought.

August 23, 2016

A Post I Wish I Had Written

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It is not every day that I come across a post on a blog I've never heard of written by an author I've never heard of and find myself thinking, "Damn, I wish I had written that." When it happens, it seems almost criminal not to share it with as many people as possible. I mean, good content deserves an audience. And so, that is what I am going to do here.

The post in question was written by David Smalley of Dogma Debate With David Smalley. Evidently, he does some sort of Internet radio show/podcast. Since I don't have much interest in that particular medium, that is probably why I'm not familiar with him. Fortunately, he writes a blog too, which brings me to the post in question. It is called "What's Killing The Atheist Movement?" I hope you find is as timely and thought-provoking as I did. I'm happy to say that I've seen several other atheist bloggers sharing it, so I'm guessing it will be widely read.

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