Most Heated Online Topics

No shortage of controversy on the Internet, ever. We at AUGNM remind you to hit the #Think button in an increasingly charged online debate. Here are some controversies you might accidentally or knowingly wade into. 1. Donald Trump combined with pretty much anything. 2. #Metoo 3. FIFA soccer corruption charges 4. Climate change 5. Kim Kardashian-West's cornrows 6. The Star Wars "Solo" movie. 7. Proposed California breakup into three states 8. Brexit 9. The G7 10. Parkland, Flo

Forget #Covfefe: Read! (Updated)

When I originally posted this on May 12, I had read a piece on DailyKos, a Web site I generally distrust, by a woman named AuntieB, who described her experience as a mother who uses SNAP or food stamps. Whatever you may think about the entitlements issue, AuntieB calls attention to the human experience of getting by. You can even read the comments, although if you believe the system needs reforming and you are a conservative, you may have to fight the urge to defend yourself


The Daily Good (not to be confused with another inspirational Web site) reported on an anti-Trump mobilizing technology called ResistBot that makes it easier for declared members of the resistance to more easily contact their elected officials. There are all kinds of positive uses of texting--as the Millennial writer of the article, a freelance journalist needing health insurance, says, "As for Trump, he’s about to find out just how much we lazy millennials love to text." Res

Trolling For Good Manners on Conservative Tribune

The Web site Conservative Tribune recently ran a story about Chelsea Clinton criticizing President Trump on Twitter and getting a pointed reply from Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Chelsea's father, former President Bill Clinton, of rape. We won't litigate the Twitter battle, but instead focus on Conservative Tribune, where you might expect to find anti-Clinton vitriol. Indeed, the comments section erupted, with some slamming President Trump and many others attacking the Clin

Taking a Bite out of Internet Fakery: Report Clears "a Dog's Purpose

The Puppy Bowl shows you don't need Lady Gaga, Deflategate, President Donald J. Trump tweeting (bookies are already betting on how often he will tweet during the game), or Super Bowl commercials in order to have a great time. In other tail-wagging news, the movie industry watchdog (pun intended) group American Humane cleared the movie "A Dog's Purpose" of animal cruelty. Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals. F

Model Protest

"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star and model Yolanda Hadid, formerly known as Yolanda Foster, is no stranger to social media--nor is her producer, Bravo's Andy Cohen. In AIN'T "U" GOT NO MANNERS, we quote a timely blog post by Yolanda Hadid: Now Yolanda's daughters, supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, have taken to the streets of NYC and to social media to protest US President Donald Trump's controversial immigration order. And the tech-obsessed President Trump apparently

First Families

Social media experts Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, and his successor Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, have been active after the peaceful transfer of power at President Trump's inauguration. President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Sasha and Malia arrived in Palm Springs for relaxation. Their flight got diverted so their motorcade passed through nearby Moreno Valley where they had fans waiting: Meanwhile

Eight Rules for Social Media After a Hard-Fought Election

No tweeting about the election at 3 A.M.—if President-elect Donald Trump has mastered that one, so can you. No posting pictures of swastikas in support of your candidate. Say one positive thing about the other side’s winning candidate on social media. If you can’t do that, compliment the candidate’s supporters. No posting pictures or video of yourself defacing a candidate’s signs. If you think something is an offensive political comment, video, blog, photo or meme, step back

Election Over, President-Elect Trump--A Survival Guide, AUGNM-Style

As observers of the Internet we noticed three key trends and reactions last night and all through the morning. 1. Digital dynamism outpacing traditional media. The Internet/AP Newswire/New York Times Online/Drudge Report were frequently ahead of the television coverage all evening and called the deciding state, Pennsylvania, for President-Elect Donald J. Trump before the major networks, including CNN, MSNBC, Russian TV, Fox News/Fox business, Bloomberg, and BBC America did. T

VOTE for the AUGNM Roundup for the Week of November 7, 2016

There is no shortage of good and bad Internet behavior out there, so we're continuing our weekly feature of the highlights and misses in the digital world, U.S. election edition! First, some terminology. UGM Tip: Something particularly good we've noticed. "404": A 404 is "Page Not Found," so it represents a goof on the Internet. Skull and Crossbones: Danger! In US Election parlance, we will call these: "Stronger Together/Make the Internet Great Again" Debate Gaffe October Sur

Kim Komando: Fact Checker?

Digital Goddess Kim Komando fact-checks the election! Actually, one of her reporters, Mark Jones, has compiled a list of election-season Internet hoaxes. This one may have caught your eye: #Repealthe19th, a hashtag trend supposedly started by Donald Trump supporters. We know this is a divided election, but don't believe everything you read. Mark Jones writes: Now before both sides fire up their keyboards and retweet inflammatory opinions about this (which has gotten Donald Tr

Political Diversity, Grammar Shaming and Vacation Snaps on the AUGNM Roundup for the Week of October

There is no shortage of good and bad Internet behavior out there, so we're continuing our weekly feature of the highlights and misses in the digital world. First, some terminology. UGM Tip: Something particularly good we've noticed. "404": A 404 is "Page Not Found," so it represents a goof on the Internet. Skull and Crossbones: Danger! UGM: Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook expressed support for Donald Trump advocate and fellow tech titan Peter Thiel--and in a UGM move, Zuckerberg


We've written about the mass unfriending in this divisive political climate. Interestingly, Mark Zuckerberg decided to stand up for Donald Trump supporter and fellow tech titan Peter Thiel by writing about encouraging political diversity at Facebook. One self-described liberal, actor Joe McGovern, decided to go off Facebook and talk to some conservatives. Even better, he filmed his quest in a documentary called "The Other Side," presented by FIVE, Foundation for Independent V

"I unfriend you over your what?"

People are unfriending each other over politics these days. The trend first came to light with a 2015 article by Burt Constable after the Paris terror attacks, in which he used the memorable line, "And so begins what probably registers as the largest 'unfriending' week in Facebook history." The unfriending only got worse after the second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, despite the relative calm of the first debate that didn't extend to people wri

Politics and Facebook

We could have started this with a headline about the 2nd presidential debate slated to occur just hours from now, but that would be clickbait--bad Internet manners, and like many forms of bad Internet manners (such as nude selfies, fight videos and outrageous tweets), guaranteed, nay, strategically chosen to get a response, according to Wired Magazine. Instead, we will talk about random strangers posting political comments on Facebook walls. Random strangers who may be a Face

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