I’m sitting on the top of a mountain in the Green Mountains of Vermont. On my computer writing.
The air is crisp and the foliage is green. As I’m writing I’m realizing that Vermont is special place. A place where natural world meets the modern world.
Bears, Deers and Moose run free up here. Yes, yes they have to contend with the modern trappings of the humans, but ultimately up here in Vermont it’s their country.
Vermont has always held a special spot in my heart. Lots of families from the Philadelphia-area go “down the shore.” That’s their happy places. For me it’s Vermont.
The people are, generally, more courteous, and less in a rush. In Vermont, the light pollution is minimal and the adventures are just around the bend.
Vermont, like the Jersey Shore, has beaches. But these beaches are along pristine lakes, that beckon to be swam in and often are.
Vermont is a state of mind.
I’ve been thinking a lot about online identity, especially this month.
I have a habit of segmenting my identity across multiple platforms and domains. Part of me likes the categorization of this method, but I am realizing that it’s not necessarily the best method of connecting with my audience. Having one site where most if not all your “stuff” resides seems so much more appealing now. It’s easier to update and stay on top of the digital nuances.
Having multiple properties can stretch your bandwidth thin and make it so that instead of having one quality place for people to go, there are a bunch of places with less quality content. That’s not good.
The Need For A Hub For Everyone
Facebook would love to be the hub for all the things you do online, but that’s just “borrowed” or “rented” space. The user is the product and is at the whim of Facebook’s ever-changing “squirrel-like” interests.
So where does this leave us? I think the more spread out across the Web we get, the more we will need to have a central point to curate all of our stuff online in one place.
Spaces like About.me are trying to be that place, but I feel that a personal site is better suited for this.
Sites like WordPress.com, Wix.com, SquareSpace.com are all great starts. For the more adventurous there is the self-hosted version of WordPress, that allows for more options and freedom with the code and more robust tools to get found online.
What Should Someone Put In Their Hub?
If we’re going to have centralized hubs for our content, what do we put there?
Here are some ideas:
- A blog
- A resume
- A gallery of photographs
- Some social media profile links
- A portfolio of work samples
- Resource links
And that’s just the start. The possibilities are endless. Even though every platform online is vying for a piece of your digital pie, it may be time to consolidate our multiple online identities and offer our audience a one-stop place to keep up with us.
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You have to be a special type of person to run for political office. I know many politicians and other elected officials that are upstanding individuals. I also know they are a rare breed.
Today I got a letter from my U.S. Representative, Brian Fitzpatrick. It was a response to a phone call I made to voice my opposition to the proposed American Healthcare Act. Unlike Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, who doesn’t even take the time to draft a proper, on topic, form letter, Fitzpatrick’s letter addressed my call. Though a form letter, it showed that Fitzpatrick’s team gave enough of a hoot to at least take the time to do that part of their job right.
The Letter I receive from US Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA 8th) in response to my call to his office about his plans to vote on the Affordable Healthcare Act.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t vote for Fitzpatrick, but I will give credit where credit is due. Politics has a lot to do with appearance. We will see how Fitzpatrick votes to see if he’s a party-liner or a true representative for the people.
The Liars And Their Lies
Fitzpatrick is smart to be on topic and send a constituent a letter in return. Many politicians, do this. They believe that a letter will pacify the best that is the electorate. In the past, they might have been right, but in today’s climate, not so much.
With our Commander-In-Chief showing that he has no trouble Tweeting and saying complete utter lies without even batting an eyelash, we need to stay vigilant.
With the assertion of Donald Trump to the Presidency, it has made it open season on the truth. More and more politicians are seeing the most powerful man in the world getting away with crazy lies, so they’re attempting to lie as well.
Recently, our assistant editor, Sean Kitchen was at an press conference in Harrisburg put on by State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-12th) and told him that he and the Raging Chicken Press were “Fake News.” Emboldened by the Commander-in-Chief’s free-flowing lies, Metcalfe felt he could do the same.
This is not an isolated incident. Sen. Toomey has used lies and alternative facts to bolster his claims as well. The list goes on and one.
All in all, we need to hold these liars accountable for their lies. Vote them out of office, protest their every move. Show them that we’re not fooled by their lies and we won’t stand for it.
What do you think? How can we best combat these liars and their alternative facts/lies? Post your thoughts in the comments below.
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I’m scared for our country. I’m scared for our children. I’m plain scared.
As seen in our latest reporting, White Nationalist/Alt-Right groups are feeling emboldened by Trump to start “recruiting” on college campuses across the country.
This really freaks me out. The fact that whites feel that they face inequality so great to expound such hatred toward minorities is beyond comprehension. This country, built on the premise of immigration and inclusion, can’t tolerate racism and discrimination.
I’m scared because of what my ancestors went through. The Holocaust didn’t only target the Jews, but it did wipe out six million of them. Our “president” seemed to causally forget to mention this on Holocaust Remembrance Day. Deliberate or otherwise, it’s beyond me why he would do such a thing.
Now the Alt-Right has a chair at the table with the “president.” His name is Steve Bannon. This isn’t good. This is beyond scary.
Our Children vs. Betsy DeVos
DeVos, who hasn’t tried to hide her disdain for public education, wants to privatize our schools. Forcing down our throats religious and often sub-par for-profit charter schools.
Many representatives, I’m looking at you Pat Toomey, simply turned off their phones when their constituents tried to call and voice their opposition to the confirmation of DeVos.
Toomey has admitted that he did this. He claims that it was because so many people who were not his constituents were calling in. Regardless, this should have told him something. People care about the issue and he should listen to what THE PEOPLE are saying.
So We’re Stuck?
Yes, in a way, we are, but we don’t have to take this sitting down. We need to mobilize and fight the Trump agenda at every turn. We need to stay on our representatives to do their jobs… REPRESENTING US. We need to go out and vote in 2018 and vote the politicians who didn’t listen to us and didn’t take our calls.
Their actions will define their future.
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Is History repeating itself? I’m not sure. Am I afraid? Yes.
It’s been just over a week since Donald Trump became President and already he’s managed to polarize the country into two camps.
One camp is eating his dog food and firmly behind him. The other camp is the resistance. The latter is growing by the day.
It seems that a day will not go by without Trump creating another controversy with his pseudo-draconian executive orders and “alt-facts.”
I’ve voted since the 2000 election. Though it’s not a long time compared to others, I’ve never seen such a blatant disregard for the institution of president.
Most, if not all, politicians lie or “bend the truth.” But what Trump is doing is insane and extremely dangerous.
With every lie, people are doubting not only what comes out of his mouth, but what the people and/or organizations he’s targeting are saying.
This is dangerous, because like the boy who cried wolf, when it comes time to tell the truth, no one will believe a word his administration says. Also people will doubt what his opposition say as well.
Trump is not only discrediting himself, but everyone around him, regardless of what side they’re on.
Is History Repeating Yourself
There was a post that was widely shared on Facebook that hits home for me.
Step one for Hitler was to discredit the media.
Step two was to silence scientists and government employees.
Hate crimes against minorities grew to the highest in their country’s history. Clashes between parties became so extensive that Hitler ended civil liberties (Step three), giving “law and order” as the cause. Those who opposed Hitler were ridiculed and threatened.
In Step Four wealthy supporters purchased media outlets, employing only those faithful to the ruling party.
In his final step (Step Five) Hitler declared that the only way the country could be unified was to restore traditional values. Minorities including gays, the disabled, Jews, Roma, and people of color were considered “inferior” and sent to death camps for slaughter.
We’re between Step 2-4. This is in case you were always confused by how so many people could go along with Hitler’s Final Solution, this is exactly how it happened.
Silence and fear keep it all going forward. I would rather speak up against it than be seen saying this is okay by saying nothing.
Say what you will about the parallels, but they are there. It might not be the Jews this time, but we need to stay vigilant and make sure history doesn’t repeat itself.
What do you think?
Should we be scared? Should we protest? Should we hold Trump accountable? What do you think?