Atheism Plus Takes A Cue From Nixon
October 13, 2012 1 Comment
Inclusion into the inaugural Twitter list was involuntary:
Not every one of these Twitter users identifies as A+, but all have made at least one tweet, blog post, or other off-forum public statement defending or promoting the A+ idea, defending those who identify as A+ from attacks, or defending our right to form a community.
But being added at this current stage comes at a higher cost:
Moving forward, however, inclusion on this list is only for those who have come out of the closet as A+ friendly on Twitter. If you would like to be added to the list so your tweets will be viewed by its subscribers, please tweet your message of support for Atheism Plus and link to it in this thread! Use the hashtag #AtheismPlus if possible. (Using the hashtag will put you on the radar of the Twitter trolls, however, so be prepared for a testy message or two. I just ignore them.)
In other words, the compiler of this list requires people who want to be on the list to become targets for Twitter trolls!
While this somewhat curious, what is eerily reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s famous Enemies List is Reality Enthusiast’s budding collection of “people who have asked to be removed from the list” which, as RE points out later, consists of two types of people:
… people that do not want to be on the live Twitter list [, and] whom others have indicated should not be on the live Twitter list[.]
In other words, it is a true Enemies List!
As of this writing, one person has already had the courage to ask to be removed from the Twitter list:
Beleth (@_beleth) October 13, 2012
This reporter hopes that others find the fortitude to follow in her footsteps.
The Twitter list can be viewed at http://twitter.com/realityenthused/atheism-plus.