Daily Social Media Content Experiment- So Far So Good!

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icon blog 1What am I doing here? What message do I want to express? Not questions for you. They are for me. Two answers. I want to share breaking information with Social Media Managers and Small Business Owners who do their own social media marketing. And I want to get across to these people that I am available to write blogs.

To that end, I have decided to absorb content from a newsletter I had been generating over the past year. Social Media SLICE (SoMe Slice) will now be a M-F blog/summary of useful news items with links to full fledged stories by top publication and websites.  Then, I plan to fill the weekend with blogs, thus producing a daily presence.

Can I find interesting and informative content to share daily? You be the judge.

Having generated news & features for over 100 print, broadcast and online outlets over the past 40 years, I am skilled at content curation (we used to call it research) and posting organic content (we used to call it writing).

And on that subject of posting content, let me say that I plan to focus on news & tips in the social media world. But I have two hot button issues that I will divert to: abuse of children by people in power, Republicans or Democrats; assaults on the Freedom of the Press by Republicans or Democrats. Sadly, both issues are greatly in the news.

Big Thank You to You

I want to thank the people who have either “liked” my efforts or who have given full vote of confidence and “signed up” over the past week. I know this is more of a Twitter thing to thank followers, but I am trying to make a point. Looks like I may be on to something.

  • Marketing Tool Shed
  • GeraldPilcher
  • webinarstarterblueprint
  • 1722002mt
  • Kevin J.P Ebsworth
  • digitaltools4you
  • mnp2192
  • geoffreyurch
  • samorascorner
  • LetlerFit
  • Matthew Brewin
  • antonioortegaen

Appreciate your interest & response. On with the experiment.

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Intent to Intimidate – Why the World is Watching

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By writing this blog, I could be self-attaching a target on my back. Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press are under siege in America. Make no mistake. It is “fake news” if you believe otherwise. Paranoia, or déjà vu? Felt it during the Nixon regime. War of words with the press. And how much of a leap would Nixon’s old school “Enemies List” be from the Department of Homeland Security high-tech bid for a “Media Monitoring Services” to compile a database of hundreds of thousands of journalists, bloggers and “media influencers” for the federal government?

According to an article in Bloomberg Law, DHS is “seeking a contractor that can help it monitor traditional news sources as well as social media and identify ‘any and all’ coverage related to the agency or a particular event…” Very open-ended “or a particular event,” wouldn’t you say?

Yes. A Department of Homeland Security spokesman has since commented “this is nothing more than the standard practice of monitoring current events in the media” — but for what purpose?

If it is just a listing, what is the significance of requiring “contact details and any other information that could be relevant, including publications this influencer writes for, and an overview of the previous coverage published by the media influencer.” There it is again, “overview of the previous coverage,” another open-ended category.

And chillingly, there is no restriction that the database of hundreds of thousands of journalists, bloggers and “media influencers” must be Americans only.

Watchdog organization Freedom House said in its Press Freedom Report – 2017 that global media freedom had dropped to its lowest level in 13 years.

Every day, journalists face serious consequences including physical violence, imprisonment and death. A few days ago, the Committee to Protect Journalists launched its annual Free The Press campaign to raise awareness about imprisoned journalists throughout the world. On May 3, UNESCO will once again mark World Press Freedom Day “to inform citizens of violations of press freedom — a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.”  —Forbes.com

Intent to intimidate.

One more consideration, if Facebook, with its well-paid top tech geniuses, could not protect all the data they collected on users, how can we be confident that this mass database of info being authorized by the government to the lowest bidder, would be any more secure?

Let’s say this low bid “Media Monitoring Services,” agency exists. And for sake of argument, we call it, oh say… Big Brother. And, it scoops up this blog. And, you consider a response to my comments.

You could write in your blog or FB post or tweet, “Anthony, you are one strap short on a straitjacket.” Or you could write, “Anthony, there is merit in your postulation.” Either way, Big Brother would note not only that you commented, but also the intention of your comment.

What if you say nothing, because it is safer?

Intention to Intimidate.

You just gave up your Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press rights because you were afraid to express yourself as an American. Some might hear echoes of Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia. They laughed as well. Until it was too late.

{Call to Action: Contact your elected representatives in the House & Senate. Tell them you find this DHS action anti-American. Or, tell them you see nothing wrong. What??? That is how Freedom of Speech works. Everybody gets a say.}

Reporter’s Notebook: Looking At The Red Planet

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Indulgence is a plus point of blogging that I hope you all value. I can veer off theme and not have an editor come down on me. For example, today, I want to feature something that I personally think is so cool (yes I am a child of the ’60s) it screams to be shared.

Star Trek’s LeVar Burton explaining the reasons behind the Mars-bound MAVEN launch which took place today— that is creative writing. If humans are ever to colonize another planet, Mars is it. And who better to tell us about that space mission than Geordi LeForge?

If that has you interested, here is the launch.

According to the Universe Today website “Burton’s PSA will be used at MAVEN scheduled events around the country and will also be shared on the web and social media, according to NASA. The goal is to educate the public about MAVEN and NASA’s efforts to better understand the Red Planet and the history of climate change there.”