ADD Activism: Liberals Have Stopped Caring About #BringBackOurGirls

They've already done their part, so why bother?
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VOX DOT COM is right, for once. The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorists scumbags back in April have been completely forgotten, and so has the trendy hashtag #BringBackOurGirls. It’s probably been weeks since you last encountered it.

Don’t worry, though, the story gets way, way worse. NBC News reports that, since the original kidnappings, the terrorist group responsible—Boko Haram—has “has taken at least 1,000 lives in what may be the deadliest killing spree by a single terrorist group since the Sept. 11 attacks.”


VOX DOT COM, Explained

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A couple weeks ago, Sonny Bunch observed that VOX DOT COM, the eight-figure juicebox upstart dedicated to “explaining the news,” can seem unbearably pointless at times, and is pretty terrible at explaining things.

Ezra Klein set out to “fix the news,” by adding “crucial context,” promising to deliver a “completely different product” utilizing a “mix of technological and workflow approaches.”  The mission of VOX DOT DOM, he said, was to “build stuff that would be useful for people,” or even to “build a new culture.”

And what does that “new culture” look like?

Islamist Terrorists Shifting from Web to Social Media

Facebook, Twitter grapple with terrorists’ use of social media for messaging, communications

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter are grappling with terrorists who are moving from websites to microblogs as a way to spread propaganda, recruit members, and communicate.

Feds Studying How to Use Twitter For ‘Depression Surveillance’

$82,800 study will examine social media to study depression
Young seeking mental health support / AP

The federal government is studying how to use Twitter for surveillance on depressed people.

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) began a study financed by the National Institutes of Health last month that will provide “population level depression monitoring” through the social media site.

‘Liking’ Hate

Group calls on Facebook to suspend account of Iranian Supreme Leader
Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei / AP

Facebook has not responded to calls for it to remove the official account of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who critics say uses the social networking site to disseminate radical propaganda.

Twitter Is for Moral Positioning

We should treat Twitter as super serial as Manbearpig

There was a big ole Twitter freakout over this wonky-wonk-wonk—ooh, look at the chart!—take on “what Twitter is for.” There was much discussion, and much mockery, all doled out 140 characters at a time on the social media site. (I even partook in a bit of it myself.)

But because this is a serious blog filled with serious topics, allow me to cast aside such frivolity to write a bit about what Twitter is actually for, at least for a subset of its users: positioning oneself as a morally acceptable, super serial person.

Nick Kristof’s Piggishness

NYT columnist retweets message comparing pro-Israel group to pigs
Nicholas Kristof / Twitter

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is facing criticism after retweeting a controversial message that referred to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and the National Rifle Association as “the 2 most pig like lobbies” in America.

Terror Tweets

A person claiming to be an al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist uses Twitter, YouTube
Omar Hammami / YouTube

A suspected al Qaeda terrorist who is listed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list has been disseminating jihadi propaganda via his Twitter and YouTube accounts, according to terrorism experts.