Sorry for the lag, friendlies. I’ve been quiet lately because I’ve been busy: I recently got an awesome job as a Social Media & Marketing Specialist with brass Media Inc.! I’m very happy in my new position, and it takes up a fair bit of my time. Unfortunately, this means I’m scaling back quite a bit in my writing and speaking stuff, but I’m excited for my new challenge.
I’ll continue to post from time to time when things pop up, however. For example, Erica Sánchez wrote a piece about Muslim feminism for the Common Ground News Service, and interviewed me along with the very sharp Safa Samiezade-Yazd from Aslan Media, Shaista Patel from the University of Toronto, and Mehrunisa Qayyum from Pita Policy. Check out the entire article here!
So I spent all day Monday tweeting sarcastic #MuslimRage tweets. My hard Twitter work earned me mentions in the Vancouver Observer and NYmag.com.
It also got me a place on NPR’s “All Things Considered!” Check out audio and a transcript here.
More like hatred of Muslims. The Poynter Institute has a great critique of Newsweek editor Tina Brown for her ridiculously Islamophobic and racist cover:
It doesn’t matter how hard we work: racism and Islamophobia guarantees that this garbage is on the cover of Newsweek instead of this, which also happened and represents the majority:
Newsweek is asking for feedback on Twitter with the hashtag #MuslimRage. So I’m going to dedicate my entire Twitter feed to making fun of this fuckery all day. Join me, won’t you?
Update: Today was a fun Twitter day. And two of my Muslim Rage tweets made it into news coverage!
Massoud Hayoun included one in the Vancouver Observer and another one was in New York magazine’s News & Features. Thank you to all my retweeters and showers of solidarity (I really enjoyed a few Mexican Rage and Christian Rage tweets)–laughing in the face of bigotry is often the best recourse!
I talk about my favorite tunes for Ramezan at Aslan Media!
It’s fairly obvious that I’m exhausted in this video, but don’t let that fool you. I’ve written about what a wonderful time I had in Sharjah, and let this add to the evidence:
I Speak for Myself was #2 on The Huffington Post’s list of “Best Religious Books of 2011.” That’s pretty rad.
Congratulations again to all my awe-inspiring co-contributors and our fantastic editors, Maria and Zahra!