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December 17, 2012

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Please note that this is a post about technology, not politics.

The tech industry cheerleads the displacement and reconfiguration of huge institutions like the music industry and telecoms. The arms industry shares many of the attributes of those industries, and is poised for fundamental change that is much like the changes they have experienced. If the product of the arms industry were not arms, the inevitable upheaval would be anticipated and prophesied with glee by the usual pundits (this website included).

It’s not, because the general availability of weapons is not something we as a community can agree on as an unmitigated good. For that matter, even free speech and assembly are by no means goals universally agreed upon. But advances in technology are providing all of these things, regardless of the preferences of any one group.

If we as a country, and indeed we as a global community, are…

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December 17, 2012

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

To prevent uncivil debates from breaking out on its Facebook Page wall in the wake of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association has unpublished its Facebook Page, presumably temporarily. Update: I’m waiting for official confirmation from NRA that it hid its Page. However, Facebook didn’t take it down it tells me, indicating the NRA did so voluntarily.

The non-profit group that advocates to protect the right to bear arms in the United States has encountered intense backlash on social media since the mass shooting in Connecticut on Friday morning. Following the shooting in Aurora, Colo., in July the NRA got into trouble for an insensitive tweet. It’s taking a more aggressive approach to handling its social accounts now.

The NRA’s Facebook Page became unavailable to the public and began redirecting to the Facebook home page on Friday evening, roughly 10 hours after the shootings. The NRA’s Twitter…

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December 17, 2012

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Earlier today online fashion store Celeb Boutique tweeted the above in what just may be the most disturbing incident of insensitivity following last night’s tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo. But they weren’t the only ones. The National Rifle Association, apparently unaware of the news, posted this colossally ignorant tweet this morning, “Good morning, shooters. Happy Friday! Weekend plans?”

These utterly tone deaf messages underscore the problem of hiring social media gurus who don’t maintain their basic civic obligations to follow the news.

To Celeb Boutique, the backlash was severe. Tweets with the words “disgusting,” and “idiot” began trending in my Twitter feed, immediately after the message went out. We’ve included a few more below.

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