Confessions and concerns about privacy nix sharing icons at IAS

This wood engraving dated May 3, 1917, by Winsor McCay, was published by the New York American Editorial Page. The theme addressed concerns about the Espionage Act passed in June, 2017. The engraving is part of the US Library of Congress Digital Collection.
This wood engraving dated May 3, 1917, by Winsor McCay, was published by the New York American Editorial Page. The theme addressed concerns about the Espionage Act passed in June, 2017. The engraving is part of the US Library of Congress Digital Collection.

I’ve long had concerns about privacy, sharing methods, and search histories on the Internet. While there have long been activists concerned about government spying, there are less concerns about Big Tech spying although in my opinion it’s widespread. Have you ever looked at the long URL that shows up in your browser if you follow a search result from a list returned by the biggest search engine on the Web?

Have you ever thought about data harvested when you ‘share’ an article via social media? If you haven’t thought about it, maybe you should. Continue reading “Confessions and concerns about privacy nix sharing icons at IAS”

MusicLinkUp makes me dizzy—in a good way

I have to say MusicLinkUp is a gold mine of information. I’d received notifications for several days, but because of a ridiculously busy schedule, I hadn’t had time to stroll around the site and see what’s happening. I took that time this morning, and frankly, the site made me dizzy. In a good way.  Continue reading “MusicLinkUp makes me dizzy—in a good way”

Indie blogging faces new challenges in social media wars

Unless you are completely off the grid, chances are you’re aware of the controversy Facebook is dealing with over user data. Facebook isn’t alone—different social media and news entities face challenges domestically and globally.

Amid the uproar, there’s something to consider if you’re an indie blogger.  Continue reading “Indie blogging faces new challenges in social media wars”

Angela G deserves gold for Valentine’s Meme

Valentine setup shotCheck out your nearest social media and you’ll see lots of messages and posts about Valentine’s Day. Some posts praise a lover. Other posts offer support to those who are single.

Still other posts show how some countries want to ban the day when we in the US celebrate love. And, if we purchase something for a loved one, capitalism.

I found a lot of pretty bad poetry. I also found some posts that made me laugh.  Continue reading “Angela G deserves gold for Valentine’s Meme”

Erykah Badu gets an earful on social media after Vulture interview

Snip from Badu singing "On and On." [YouTube/Vevo]
Snip from Badu singing “On and On.” [YouTube/Vevo]
So many musicians these days get political, it’s hard to keep up. Most hail from one side of the aisle and follow party talking points.

Right now R&B singer Erykah Badu is getting an earful on social media after making remarks about her brand of humanism, including her assertion she saw “something good in Hitler.” The interview appeared on a site named Vulture. Continue reading “Erykah Badu gets an earful on social media after Vulture interview”

Indie artists, take note: Florida and Michigan top states for identity theft

The Sunshine State is tops when it comes to identity theft.
The Sunshine State is tops when it comes to identity theft.

If you perform frequently at public venues, it stands to reason a lot of people know your name. If you haven’t taken steps to secure your identity, and your data, it’s time you did.  Continue reading “Indie artists, take note: Florida and Michigan top states for identity theft”

Indie artist Jamey Johnson has dustup at HOB, but fans support him after show canceled

Jamey Johnson at Grand Ole Opry
Johnson performed at the Grand Ole Opry on his birthday. (Snip: Jamey Johnson on Facebook)

Country music front man Jamey Johnson and his band got into a dustup at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC, causing his performance there to be canceled. Fans were angry, the House of Blues was fuzzy on details, and media spread a few allegations that turned out to be untrue.  Continue reading “Indie artist Jamey Johnson has dustup at HOB, but fans support him after show canceled”