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What They're Saying About H.R. 1406 — the "More Work, Less Pay Act"

It’s not about what you ate for breakfast: at its best, Twitter is a democratic news feed of sorts, serving up 140-character headlines written by whoever wants to write them, linking to longer, more informative articles written by journalists or citizens. Twitter feeds can subvert the story line supplied by the corporate-dominated news media. Last […]

Epic Twitter

If Twitter users really don’t need more than 140 characters to communicate, how come they congregate at in-person conventions to talk about Twitter at length? What if we applied their terse standard to the more important creations in human history? […]

The Unpopularity of The Can Kicks Back, Part I: Twitter

“The Can Kicks Back” depicts itself as a movement of young people who “individually… had all reached the same decision” that taxing more poor people and cutting corporate tax rates while cutting social security, medicaid and medicare was a really good idea. That’s what “The Can Kicks Back” says about itself. The Can Kicks Back […]

The Language of Conspiracy: Twisted Twitter Titters on the Obama Microchip

It’s a hoax, you know.

There is no provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that will force Americans to have government-tracked rfid microchips implanted under their skin. Just read the law for yourself to verify this.

For those who don’t like to verify anything, there’s the right-wing social media echo chamber. […]

Social Media Infographic Hype Doesn't Help

This morning, a contact of mine recommended an infographic to me.

Go ahead and click on the infographic (uploaded April 2012) if you’d like to read it in detail on its original website, whitefireseo.com; I can’t find the space to post the graphic at its full size and write about it at the same time. […]

The March 2013 Obama Microchip Comes With A Side of…

Over the past year or so, right-wing and libertarian websites like News With Views, These Last Days News and Polidics have been busy spreading the story that under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed by Barack Obama all Americans will be forcibly implanted with a trackable RFID microchip by March 23, 2013. The […]

Patriot Journalist Network pushes Dozens of Members of Congress to Bomb Twitter

Self-described “Christian Technologist” Mark Prasek has a developed a new application for Twitter — a conservative “Patriot” robo-tweeting machine:

“We have developed technology whereby our members have granted permission for our Twitter application to act (either tweet or retweet) on their behalf. This is NOT just another hashtag used by a group on Twitter who […]

How We're Talking About Drones Today

Yesterday, Peregrin Wood noted the leaking of a previously secret legal document written by the presidential administration of Barack Obama, a document that justifies the killing of American citizens who have been convicted of no crime, without the right to a trial and even without charges being brought to a criminal court. The tool for […]

Who Says Who Sucks in the Senate?

“You suck.” This is one of the most direct, blunt, and perhaps rude ways of letting someone know you are disgusted with their behavior. Politics can be direct, blunt and often rude. So when I looked through an archive I’ve been collecting of all Twitter messages sent to the accounts of U.S. senators, I expected […]

Infographic: What They're Saying about the Obama Microchip Consipracy Hoax

Last week, F.G. Fitzer debunked yet another conspiracy theory being spread about Barack Obama. According to rumors spreading in right-wing and libertarian circles, there is a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) that will force Americans to have government-trackable rfid microchips implanted under their skin.

Even a few lower-quality newspapers have […]

Mostly Consistent Support for Al Franken's Location Privacy Bill

Last year, Senator Al Franken of Minnesota introduced a location privacy bill to the U.S. Senate that cleared the Senate Judiciary committee but didn’t make it onto the floor. The bill (read the text here) would have stopped the pernicious practice by corporate America of selling information about your location that you generate when you […]