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Felicia Cravens
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TIL there is such a thing as an avocado lime popcicle. 
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Cool!

h/t Mary Climer


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What happens when we abandon manners as a hindrance to getting things we want?

If you missed my FB post on this, I went ahead and published it so it's shareable.

https://practicalpoliticking.com/2017/05/23/no-more-mr-nice-guy/

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People are all worried about the Robot Apocalypse and I'm just over here trying to decide whether to paint the wall Stanky Bean, Stummy Beige, or Snowbonk.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/05/an-ai-invented-a-bunch-of-new-paint-colors-that-are-hilariously-wrong/

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This sort of environmentalism belongs in its own terrarium where it can't get at the rest of us. Oy.

http://www.sciencealert.com/switching-just-half-of-our-meat-to-insects-can-seriously-reduce-land-use-says-new-report#.WR4V4cxobHM.facebook

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How did I not know there was a brawl between Turkish guards and protesters in DC?


https://youtu.be/izE7SrKuxuU

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Image borrowed from an FB friend to make this point:

See, when the post isn't linked or attributed, when the ID is hidden, how can I be sure it's legit? What if it is trolling, or worse, what if a prankster stole someone else's profile picture and crafted this, possibly harming their reputation?

What if a post like this was created as fodder for driving shares and likes, instead of being a real thing? You can say 'Well, that's how they think!' and you might be right. But it's better to use a legitimate quote rather than make one up, or allow someone's made up quote to anchor your argument because it sounds true. Passing this stuff on without attribution is almost exactly like the hate crime hoaxes happening on campuses - people crafting an incident to fill a narrative because finding actual proof is apparently too hard although they claim examples are rampant.

I need to add this. One thing I'm increasingly concerned about is that people who are skilled at photoshop fakery can spend some time carefully crafting some horrible social media messages in someone else's name, claim they are legit and say that the person deleted them, and ruin someone before the fakes can be proven. Imagine trying to prove you didn't post things people WANT TO BELIEVE YOU DID POST.

My thought on hiding the identity is that if you're proud enough of your thoughts to say things on social media, you don't need a filter, and you don't need your ID protected. Stand by the things you said.

And if you see something that purports to come from a identifiable source, take a minute and go double check before you spread it. Don't be the reason fake things get spread further around.


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My latest at +Practical Politicking this week is truly practical. It's all about how to tell where the image you're sharing comes from. You might have these skills yourself, but I'll bet a lot of your online acquaintances don't. Here's where you can point them to learn how to do a few minutes of elementary detective work, and help maintain their credibility in the process.

https://practicalpoliticking.com/2017/05/10/is-that-image-real-or-a-fake-how-to-search-by-an-image/ 

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I don't have to tell my audience about the legitimacy of Buzzfeed as a news source. But there are a ton more people out there who DO buy it.

Buzzfeed is a partner in the News Literacy Project (which I reviewed in this series: https://practicalpoliticking.com/2017/04/22/evaluating-the-news-literacy-project-a-series/), and they might want to sign up their 'reporters' to take the course by said project, which includes this exercise:

'Students role-play the part of a reporter, getting information about what happened at the scene of a crash. They are encouraged to use these seven standards to help them:

***multiple credible sources***
***verification***
avoidance of bias
balance
***documentation***
context
fairness'

I still think this is one of the most powerful ways there is to hold a media organization accountable. Troll them. Repeatedly. Then they'll HAVE to start doing better journalism.

https://heatst.com/gaming/buzzfeed-falls-for-fake-story-about-transgender-women-getting-kicked-out-of-gaming-tournament/?mod=sm_fb_post
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