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I Don’t Tweet About The Availability Heuristic As Much As You Think

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Charles Lassiter, associate professor of philosophy at Gonzaga University, knows more about my tweeting than I do. Why? Well, for one thing, he also knows more about statistical analysis than I do. But more to the point: Professional philosophy feels like a club where there are insiders and outsiders. Insiders get to refer to famous people by first name and tell silly stories about them. Outsiders smile politely. Social media—and the Interwebs in general—is, I think, one way that the playing field might get leveled… Two possibilities. (1) the Interwebs & social media are the great equalizer. Anyone who wants a shot to get to know a Big Shot can. (2) the Interwebs & social media follow something like a Matthew Effect. So which is it? Who gets talked about in philosophy social media?…  I emailed Dr. Justin Weinberg (I can call you “Justin” now, right? We’re buddies. Oh the many silly things we’ve talked about and done…). I wanted to run the idea past him of analyzing and blogging about the @DailyNousEditor account—hereafter referred to as ‘DN’. He kindly agreed and expressed interest in the results.  (Of course you can call me Justin, Charlie—fun times raiding Hume’s wine cellar with you the other day!) And so Professor Lassiter began his analysis. In a series of posts, he reports on what he found out along the way, including: Who my top Twitter partners have been over the past four years (those to whom I most frequently reply or mention) and how that has changed over time Whether my partnering with accounts on Twitter was correlated with the popularity of those accounts (it’s not) Daily Nous tweets are either heavily liked or heavily retweeted but not both And then there is this: If you felt that the DN Twitter account was largely about sex & gender or diversity or any other New Infantilism issues in particular, you’d be mistaken. It’s largely about the profession in broad strokes. Professor. . .

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News source: Daily Nous

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