We’re New – Give Us Some Runway?

Photo reprinted courtesy of Joi Ito under Creative Commons License.

Yes, that’s right. We’re the new kids on the block.

Look, if you think about it, Donald Trump was just elected President a month ago. It took us a little while to get over the shock, a couple of weeks to make the decision to remain residents of the US and “duke it out” with the forces of intolerance, hate, and nationalism. That has taken a while because it remained unclear for some time whether Donald Trump meant what he said during his campaign or if he was just saying whatever he felt he needed to say to get elected. It still is unclear even after several key Cabinet appointments have undergone confirmation hearings. What remains clear – to us – is that the Trump presidency has the capacity to severely deteriorate the fundamental character of what we know as America. Once we arrived at that conclusion, we decided that we had to take action. We hope you will, too.

Ultimately, we decided that, aside from normal activism, we needed to get involved in information dissemination. Not only because knowledge is critical for the proper functioning of a democracy that is under threat of having decisions made the way they are on reality TV shows but also because the act of disseminating information of the “Can you believe this?” variety might, in fact, be cathartic for us. The latter remains to be seen.

One thing for sure: publishing on the web in a blog is not as easy as it sounds if you haven’t been involved in it recently. The last time I was involved in the day-to-day creation of a website and the management of its content was back when Netscape was the leading web browser and one of the leading web publishing packages sold under the moniker “Hot Dawg” and required fairly advanced knowledge of HTML. Social media did not exist and the word “blog” would have conjured up images of a swamp filled with bubbles. I’m hoping that management of the site’s content will be a bit easier than it used to be but I did have to spend a lot of time getting up to speed on web hosting and ferret out what is included in free and premium packages for content management, WordPress themes, e-commerce mechanisms, and more. Trial and error became my reality.

In any case, we are on the shallow start of a learning curve and hope to be on the steep part of that curve in the near future. In the meantime, we hope you will give us the benefit of the doubt. And share our commitment to ensuring any and all travesties get highlighted as NotNormal. Thanks for visiting.

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