Tactical Activism: Four characteristics of an Astroturfing campaign

BloggingJune 16, 2015 • 2~4 min read

Astroturfing is the strategy of using multiple, fabricated social media accounts to produce the appearance of grassroot support for an issue or movement. At its most basic, astroturfing involves ‘sockpuppets’¬†fake accounts designed to get around bans and blocks or make it seem like more people are participating in a conversation than actually are. At its […]

A series of hunting misfortunes: Southern Fried Science Book Club, week 2

BloggingJune 10, 2015 • 2~2 min read

Jackson Landers does not like the USDA. Twice now, we’ve encountered government oversight in invasive game management, and twice we’ve seen nothing but hard criticism coming from the author. On one hand, I can see where he’s coming from. Government oversight can be frustrating. Bureaucracies are slow to act and often stifled by their own […]

How to support Southern Fried Science

BloggingJune 5, 2015 • 1~2 min read

Southern Fried Science is entering its 8th year of continuous posting. During that time we’ve grown from a single author to eleven writers and have published over 2,000 articles. While we did briefly flirt with ad-support, we ultimately decided that, in order to best serve the ocean community, Southern Fried Science would be ad free […]

Three facts about The Ocean Cleanup

Conservation, Environmentalism, marine science, Natural Science, oceanography, policy, Science, Social ScienceJune 4, 2015 • 2~3 min read

The Ocean Cleanup is back in the news, with their first test deployment happening imminently off the coast of Japan. From reviews of their current material, it seems clear that they have not taken the critical assessment of their feasibility study, graciously provided pro-bono by Drs. Martini and Goldstein, to heart. This is unfortunate. As […]

Eating Aliens with the Southern Fried Science Book Club

BloggingMay 29, 2015 • 2~2 min read

Summer is coming, and it’s time to curl up with a good, light, vaguely optimistic book about the world’s ecosystems long slide into total decimation. For the next few weeks, join along with the Southern Fried Science book club, while we tackle Eating Aliens, by Jackson Landers. Eating Aliens takes a practical look at the […]

If you could only follow five people on Twitter, who would they be?

BloggingMay 27, 2015 • 2~2 min read

Every few years, I published a Field Guide to Ocean Science and Conservation on Twitter. Rather than a comprehensive list of the best ocean twitter accounts (a list that would stretch out over more than 500 accounts as of last count), these guides are designed to point readers towards central nodes in the online conversation, […]

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