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Mar 16 2012

Atheists Talk: Freethought Bloggers on Activist Blogging

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“Blogs are stupid.” “Blogs are graffiti with punctuation.” Those are two of Google’s autocomplete suggestions on the topic of blogs. That doesn’t make the statements true, of course.

“Atheist blogs are:

  • always stirring up controversy.”
  • mean.”
  • strident.”
  • an echo chamber.”
  • slacktivism.”

A lot of things get said about atheist blogging, but most of them aren’t said by atheist bloggers themselves. With Jennifer McCreight in town to speak at the Minnesota Atheists monthly meeting, we take the opportunity to gather together a number of atheist bloggers to talk about what they do, why they do it, what they have accomplished, and what they hope to accomplish in the future. In addition to Jen, we will have Greg Laden, Brianne Bilyeu, and Stephanie Zvan in the studio this Sunday.

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    jamessweet

    I’d argue that atheist slacktivism is nearly impossible, since in this particular case increased visibility is a worthy goal in and of itself. It’s not like, say, trying to solve problems of poverty, where people knowing about the problem is little more than a first step. In this case, even if all one does is make people aware that you are an atheist who is unafraid to speak her mind, well, you’ve done some good.

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    Al Stefanelli

    Funny how so many people are so quick to denigrate us, failing to realize how effective we are, collectively reaching millions and millions of people per month and our ability to take any given cause, story or event and thrust it into the mainstream.

  3. 3
    rapiddominance

    Hey, Al! What up, dude?

    I have to admit that it often looks like you guys at the FTB’s are deliberately employing a “shock and awe” strategy.

    Remember, though, that its not just about “reaching millions”; its also about not turning them away.

    Anyhow, I don’t agree at all that “atheist blogs” are particularly rude.

    We all swim in a sea of assholes.

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