Why Slow and Steady Wins the Race in Social Media

A lot of the times, new business pop up and their owners are so excited about this new venture that they think they need to see quick growth on social media. This mindset may lead them to make some rash decisions such as buying followers or spending too much on ads. And it may look impressive to investors to have gained over 1,000 followers in under a month, but savvy investors know there's more to it than that. And the day-to-day consumer probably won't even pay attention.

Let's get this out of the way right at the front: Do not buy followers. No one knows for sure, but it's estimated that about 15% of social media accounts are bots. That's 15% of about 3 billion. So, if you had every bot on Twitter following you, it would bring your follower count up to about 450 million. Sounds impressive, right? It does right up until you realize that bots aren't buying your products or telling any real people about you. You could make the case that the high number of foll…

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Blogging for me today is my sister, Jenni, who happened to see Expelled, Ben Stein's documentary on Creationism, before I did. Expelled is a geek movie because the debate between Creationism vs. Evolution tends to get very intellectual and usually only attracts those who are devoted to one or the other subject. Such devotion is worthy of geekdom. So, without further adieu, here's Jenni:

"Then you have the creationists who say God put all the animals on the ark and that's where all the animals came from," said one of the many scientists interviewed in Ben Stein's Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. Funny. I always thought that God created the animals long before the events surrounding the Ark. Apparently, this scientist seems to think otherwise. But I digress.

Steve said it right. There are debates everywhere about Creation vs. Evolution. The strange thing is, throughout the movie Stein consistently preferred the term "Intelligent Design." This being a documentary, it follows Ben Stein on his journey to discover why renowned scientists are being asked to resign or outrightly kicked out of their positions or closely scrutinized at the first mere mention of Intelligent Design (ID), as if the debate were a proverbial Berlin Wall. "You have academic freedom, as long as your ideas are on the right side of the wall." According to the Internet Movie Database, Expelled took on the explanation of how "under a new anti-religious dogmatism, scientists and educators are not allowed to even think thoughts that involve an intelligent creator."

The first scientist introduced was the one Stein said started his whole journey of discovery. This scientist, who worked for the Smithsonian Institute, published an article mentioning ID, and, like the Thought Police of Orwell's 1984, his superiors were all over him, asking him questions about his religious beliefs, his personal agenda, and so on. It seemed like just seeing the words "intelligent" and "design" automatically put in their heads the words "religious" and "terrorist," which is how said scientist said he was described.

It is no secret that Ben Stein is a Jew. What really clinched the whole plot line in was when he, through his interviews, discovered the connection between Darwinism (Evolution) and Nazism. One of the scientists said to him that, although Mein Kampf and The Origin of Species were written in different countries, "when you open up Mein Kampf, you automatically see some of the same ideas."

I won't spoil all of the arguments for you, but suffice it to say, Ben Stein poses many important questions that scientists are many times not allowed to ask. But, since science is about academic freedom, shouldn't they be allowed to follow the evidence wherever it leads?

Thanks, Steve. I hope you get to see the movie soon.


  1. Brian Beaudry6/24/08, 9:33 AM

    "What really clinched the whole plot line in was when he, through his interviews, discovered the connection between Darwinism (Evolution) and Nazism."

    List of books banned by Nazi Germany at the library of the University of Arizona. On page 279 number 6 of Guidelines, Nazis outlawed "Writings of a philosophical and social nature whose content deals with the false scientific enlightenment of primitive Darwinism and Monism (H├Ąckel)."

  2. The connection is not that they held Darwinism to be true, but that they lived by the same principle of natural selection - that the strong must survive and the weak must be eliminated.

  3. and, of course, the other connection, (not that they thought Darwinism was true) is that they censored certain schools of thought much the same way today's scientific community is censoring intelligent design.

    I suppose watching the movie one could be lead to believe that Nazis believed in evolution, but that's not the point Stien was trying to make. What he was saying is that they followed similar principles whether they believed in evolution or not.


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