With the gracious help of Andrew Briggs* AKA @theandrewbriggs, I made a new Twitter bot that addresses the scourge of news organizations writing about what you think, you know, and what we should do with our lives.
@speak4yrself is a way to remind headline and tweet writers to stop assuming things about their audiences, and perhaps even themselves.
Is Amanda Bynes the worst you’ve ever seen her? Speak for yourself.
Have you underestimated giraffes? I haven’t.
Do I need to try this new beer? Who are you to say?
When news organizations wade into the uncanny valley on social media, they risk losing the primary reason for their own work: to provide context.
*Andrew Briggs is a freelance software/web developer out of Chicago, most recently doing work for WaPo and Stanford. About a year ago he made a fun little site that looks at the gender breakdown of writers featured on thenytimes.com homepage, calledwhowritesfor.com.