The two main impetuses for this post are both already old news in the blogosphere’s short news cycle, but I think the issue is important, so here it goes:
As you probably know already, two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio were found guilty of raping a teenage girl and sentenced today. I’ve been seeing a bunch of outrage on Twitter and Facebook directed at CNN’s coverage of the verdict, for example this image:
A very good response by Libby Anne to my recent post on outrage and the atheist blogosphere:
A few days ago I stumbled across an article by David Wong titled “5 Ways to Spot a B.S. Political Story in Under 5 Seconds.” One item in particular was uncomfortably familiar: “The Headline Is About a ‘Lawmaker’ Saying Something Stupid”:
William G. Dever is one of the archaeologists fundamentalists sometimes cite as supporting their view of the Old Testament, so I thought I’d take a look at his work. I came across this essay, where the main point is that no Dever does not in fact accept Biblical inerrancy, but the first and last paragraphs [...]
This is interesting. Andrew Sullivan is ditching advertising for a new business model:
It seems like in the first couple years of my blogging, atheist and Christian blogs interacted a lot more. I suspect this was in part the result of a self-reinforcing trend, where the less someone interacts with you, the less they seem interacting with. Yet there’s no doubt a lot to gain from that interaction. [...]
Well, not exactly, but while I was reading Steven Pinker’s excellent book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, I came across a section that, while not directly about the internet, seems to explain a lot some of the things that happen here.