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

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

4 Reasons to hit the #Think Button

It's a busy week online: women posting pictures with the hashtag #DressLikeaWoman, Twitter censoring a controversial cartoon about hijabs US Senator Tim Scott reading tweets attacking his support of US Attorney general Jeff Sessions And that's just for openers. When you are responding to Tim Scott, #DressLikeaWoman, or the cartoon about hijabs, Camille Styles offers four things to #Think about before you speak (or tweet or post.) Think of them as operating instructions. Is It

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

Internet Justice, Extra Crispy

For those people still steaming about what Chinese company Tencent considered a good office party, one woman's response to an Internet pervert should give you a chuckle. As the Huffington Post reported, a 25-year-old named Monconjay Brown living in China trolled a troll asking her to sext. She met him via OKCupid. He asked her, "I wanna see your body too...Any pic you have." She sent him her thighs, her breasts, and her legs. Would we at AUGNM advise someone to engage a troll

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

INTERNET DANGERS: "Horror! Mom records murdered toddler in revenge text"

Some examples of Internet behavior go beyond even AUGNM's exhortation to #Think. As readers may know by now, this skull indicates Internet behavior that is so egregious it's poisonous. TheHorn News reports: "A woman jailed on charges she killed her toddler son sent a video of the boy’s apparently lifeless body to his father in a jealous, vengeful rage during a text-messaged argument that lasted more than two hours, cops said in a criminal complaint." Among the text messages i

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

THE OTHER SIDE

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

UGM: Teacher2Teacher

While we're categorizing the questionable goings-on we see on the internet and shedding a light on them, for example creepy clown posts, we like to light one candle as well as curse the darkness. We present an apple to Teacher2Teacher. The group invites you to #ShareYourLightbulbMoment. The organization also invites you to "Tell Us Why You Teach" via a Web site called Storify that allows you to create and share stories. A+++++ Way to #Think--and inspire others to do the same!

Sample Script: Practice Safe Text (Free Download)

Ever regretted a text you've sent? All of us have at one time or another. That's why I, Kristin Johnson, the primary author of the blog and forthcoming book, AIN'T "U" GOT NO MANNERS, developed a handy script I could use when someone provoked me via a text message/SMS/instant message. As a public service, I'm offering this script in a free Word file download, also one in MS Word 97-2004, and a PDF version. As humans we don't stick to these scripts in the hurly-burly of life,

Bone-headed, Scam Gram and the AUGNM Roundup for the Week of October 17, 2016

There is no shortage of good and bad Internet behavior out there, so we're introducing a 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: Consumer Action publishes a Scam Gram newsletter you can subscribe to. "404": He may be the most popular Halloween costume this year, but

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