Update June 29: Now with video.
My presentation at SkeptiCamp Atlanta 2011 this past weekend was titled “Please Don’t Start Another Blog or Podcast!” I chose that title deliberately to to be a little controversial, of course. It verges on ridiculous for someone who both blogs and podcasts to tell others not to do either.
My real point is to highlight the many other online activities skeptics can engage in that are important and make a difference. Regular readers of this blog (all three of you) will find some familiar topics in this. See below for links to the slides, an audio version and other supplemental information.
The video includes some introductory material from SkeptiCamp, the main presentation starts at 6:26. If you prefer to listen on the go, you can hear the audio for this presentation on the Skepticality podcast #158 “Return to Lake Skepticamp.” The audio of the presentation itself starts at about 20 minutes in to the episode. You will hear in both the video and audio that I originally miscounted my subtopics, I say seven and the audience corrects me. This has been corrected in the slides seen after the break.
Continue reading after the break for my slides and a list of links that to more information (mostly prior posts on this blog) that expand on each of the topics I cover in the presentation.
Here are the slides for the presentation:
Surveying the Skeptic Web
My data on the volume of current skeptic output was based on the following:
- Blogs: The Skepticator is one of several skeptic aggregators I wrote about in June
- Podcasts: I did a survey of skeptic podcasts in May
- Videos: The data on YouTube & Vimeo in the slides is a preview of an upcoming survey I will be publishing here.
Note that the data on podcasts in the slideshow is slightly updated since my blog post on that topic. It includes 70 podcasts, where the original graphs only included 56.
Seven Eight Things You Can Do
Each of the eight things you can do has been covered to one degree or another in previous posts on this blog. Here are some handy links:
- Rate Sites
- Answer Questions
- Edit Wikipedia
- Curation will be covered again soon, but also see below…
Thank you so much to Derek and Swoopy for being so supportive of my presentation.