Lots of people are awful, but not everyone who disagrees with you is

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: [Read more…]

Fact checking some outrage over news coverage of the Steubenville case

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: [Read more…]

Libby Anne on outrage blogging

A very good response by Libby Anne to my recent post on outrage and the atheist blogosphere: [Read more…]

BS 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”: [Read more…]

I hope I’m not like this when I’m 70…

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 [Read More…]

Andrew Sullivan moves to metering his content

This is interesting. Andrew Sullivan is ditching advertising for a new business model: [Read more…]

What Christian blogs are worth interacting with?

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. [Read More…]

Internet flamewars explained by SCIENCE!

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. [Read more…]