Even if you've never specifically identified your political affiliation on Facebook, the social network can make a pretty good guess about where on the spectrum you land.In 2016, the social network introduced a tool that shows users advertising categories -- political and otherwise -- they might fall into based on pages they've liked and other information they have provided.Click here to check your affiliation on Facebook's desktop site. (You can also click the upside-down triangle in the upper-right corner of the screen and select "Settings." From there, select "Ads" from the column on the left side of the screen, and then expand the "Your information" category. Within, you'll find a "Your categories" option.) One of the categories on that page might say "US politics" with a suggested political affiliation in parenthesis. You can click the "X" that appears when you hover over specific categories if you'd prefer not to be targeted as a member of that demographic.While many users may … [Read more...] about Can Facebook guess your political affiliation? Probably.
The 2018 midterm elections are on their way, making now a great time to become a more active citizen. Whether you want to sign up to vote (or make sure you're still signed up), reach out to elected officials, or just learn more about the issues that affect you and your neighbors, plenty of free iOS apps are ready to help. We've reviewed five of the leading candidates to see which one might work best for you. These apps are great for getting involved Though none is perfect, these three apps best offer nonpartisan ways to express yourself to your political leaders. Take a look at each to find out which suits you best. Countable Like Leslie Knope, Countable is ambitious, energetic, thoroughly color-coded, and packed with useful information. But its earnest enthusiasm can quickly become overwhelming. To use the app, you'll need to set up an account with basic info about where you live (to better find your elected officials) and how to contact you. Countable's signup process is a little … [Read more...] about Best apps for getting politically active (and a few you should avoid)
Pop culture critic Evan Narcisse was recently recruited to write the Rise of the Black Panther comic for Marvel. Narcisse wrote his story without any inside knowledge of the Black Panther movie, the details of which were kept tightly under wraps. When he finally saw the film, he was blown away. “I was surprised at how political the story was,” Narcisse says in Episode 302 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “How it embedded its meta-narrative of exploring one’s own blackness and black identity. That was basically the text of the movie.” Jesse J. Holland, author of the novel Who Is the Black Panther?, was also pleasantly surprised that the movie got so political. He notes that geopolitics is one thing that really sets Black Panther apart from other superheroes. “T’Challa isn’t worrying about the rent, he’s worrying about whether Latveria is going to invade,” Holland says. “He’s talking to Namor and … [Read more...] about The Politics of ‘Black Panther’ Are What Make It Great
It’s hard to avoid politics in the modern world. Between the 24-hour news cycle and constant social media updates, people hear about every piece of legislation, every political scandal, every social injustice — and you can be sure that they’re talking about it, too. As a business, commenting on politics can be a tricky and sometimes ill-advised move. When your brand offers any opinion related to a hot-button issue, you’re guaranteed to alienate at least some of your customer base. What place, if any, do corporations have in political discussions? We polled Young Entrepreneur Council members to see where they stand. Do you think companies should comment on political issues? If so, what is a best practice that should be followed? Their best answers are below: 1. Don’t do it unless your business is directly involved in politics.Ali Mahvan, Sharebert 2. Choose your battles and avoid aligning with a party.NAILBITER 3. Don’t cause … [Read more...] about Should businesses comment on politics? Here’s what eight entrepreneurs have to say.
A few hours into Far Cry 5, I had a realization: this game would be a lot better if it didn’t have a story. Ever since its reveal nearly a year ago, Far Cry 5 has invited controversy. Whereas most shooters have players aim their weapons at zombies, demons, or Nazis, Far Cry 5 takes place in Montana, and its enemies are American citizens who bear a strong resemblance to the stereotypical image of a modern, young white supremacist. The first piece of art for the game was a re-creation of The Last Supper, but with Southern hipsters wielding guns and knives and a tablecloth that was an alternate reality version of the American flag. In the months since, the developers at Ubisoft Montreal have been hesitant to draw any true parallels between the game’s world and the real world. And after playing a few dozen hours of the game, the reason for their reticence is clear: Far Cry 5 doesn’t have anything to say about race in America. It doesn’t have much to say at all. … [Read more...] about Far Cry 5’s half-hearted attempt at politics ruins the fun