On Sunday night, President Donald Trump retweeted a video of a violent incident on a New York City subway platform. The video shows a Black man pushing a white woman into a train car and is captioned “Black Lives Matter / Antifa.” The problem? It is over a year old and has nothing to do with either Black Lives Matter or Antifa. It, in fact, shows the actions of a mentally ill man with no known ties to either group.
Fascinating use of social media. To be clear, this story about “Carolyn Gombell” is a fabrication, intended to spark Twitter to take action against people (such as Donald Trump) who use Twitter to publicize unfounded accusations. Will that matter to people who share it? It’s parody accounts, not journalists, who are retweeting this story as if it’s true. Will that matter to people who already think “the media” are unified behind a single America-hating agenda? For details, see Heavy
This is really noteworthy. Today the President of the United States denied a statement that was issued in the White House by one of his own officials, claiming that the official does not exist and that the New York Times invented the source. This is not about a reporter making an error, or selectively quoting part of a statement out of context in order to skew the meaning, or making a big deal out of some small gaffe with the goal of making Trump look bad. This is about the President accusing a journalist of lying when dozens of reporters…
A third alum in the last few weeks has contacted me to thank me for challenging her while a student: When I look back on my time at SHU, I remember sometimes being annoyed with all of our blogging assignments, but yet again, this is proof that the skills you taught us so a few years ago are still transferring into my professional career. Anyway, I just wanted to thank you, because I probably wouldn’t be nearly as successful today as I am without all of the support — and pressure — you gave to me during my time at Seton Hill.
RT @PhilKomarny: A floppy disc… In #context http://t.co/5HjNls404X
@MichaelSimsBook @mkonnikova “When a blogger uses hyperbole while recommending an article on viral media, you won’t believe what happens!”
RT @emshort: Big juicy set of links on how/where to publish IF: intfiction.org/forum/viewtopi… (Feel free to add more information to the thread!)
RT @SetonianOnline: Reeves Library to become the new Technology Learning Commons. Does this mean the end of the library? Find out here: bit.ly/1dXEsI7
RT @JanetSymmons: Academic blogging will shape how intellectualism develops: ow.ly/spcWR #blog #academia #uni #university
Finished reading my 11yo “The Castle of Llyr,” the 3rd in the high-fantasy series that inspired 80s Disney “Black Cauldron.” Very engaging.
English Professor Suddenly Realizes Students Will Believe Literally Anything She Says onion.com/1dA4WPR via @TheOnion
RT @heatherfro: The number of my nonacademic friends who think #mla14 is a conference about MLA formatting is amazing. Nonacademic friends, you’re the best
RT @chronicle: Humanities programs are teaching students to deconstruct technologies, not just texts: chroni.cl/1dpCosi
RT @arnzen: “The Ethics of Fiction Writing” by Ron Hansen scu.edu/ethics/publica… @DennisJerz @ewazoo23 @NicolePeeler
RT @elongreen: This, from 1922, is the greatest headline in the history of @nytimes, or any other paper. http://t.co/7rUTiXSBXd
RT @Historiator: “@dancohen: Finally upgraded to OS X 10.9. It feels like a Borges story about OS X 10.8.” @MikeArnzen @DennisJerz
RT @Rhymestyle: First leaked photo from the set of Star Wars Episode VII http://t.co/xji8x9J5zL
RT @Historiator: Nicely balanced, real-time post mortem on last night’s Twitter event. @DennisJerz @PhilKomarny @magawelek http://t.co/IwQ0…
RT @PhilKomarny: @Historiator @DennisJerz @magawelek Glad that it ended with some donations to @AidforAfrica justinesacco.com
I made a cheerful maze game in Scratch. It’s cheerful unless you touch something read AND DIE. scratch.mit.edu/projects/14908… made w/ Scratch