Rabble Rouser Goes Twitter
Focusing exclusively on actual psychological science content and science reform
Posted Apr 16, 2017
I say “we” because this is a collaborative effort involving not only myself, but several terrific grad students, Nick Fox, Nate Honeycutt, and Akeela Careem, and a supporting case of undergraduates.
WHAT OUR TWITTER FEED WILL BE
It will communicate about science reform, political biases in academia, threats to free speech and academic freedom on campuses, and continued critical evaluations of my home discipline of social psychology. Most of this will be links to academic or popular science outlets, intellectual magazines that cover science (e.g., The Atlantic, The Economist, as well as mainstream outlets that cover any of the above issues, such as the NYTimes, the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, etc.), but also
less well-known outlets, such as quillette.com, The College Fix, and, indeed, any media source that addresses these issues. Also, when other people post what we believe to be really excellent blogs on these issues, they may be announced here. Just as for the Rabble Rouser blog, we will also tweet about the real world implications of work in social psychology (when we can discern them, which seems to be less often than most people in the field seem to believe).
In addition, our twitter feed will announce books and papers that come out of my research lab at Rutgers, as well as any other major accomplishments of anyone in our lab.
For example, our first four tweets are:
Did you see Jon Haidt w/ Frank Bruni on @CharlieRoseShow discussing viewpoint diversity & the academy? Watch here:
Will efforts to increase transparency and replication lead to reduced scientific funding? Article from The Atlantic
You’ve probably been tricked by fake news and don’t know it. Science News.Org.
P-curving the evidence of power posing - Simmons and Simonsohn on Carney, Cuddy, and Yap (2010,2015):
Last, we will have one very unique feature of our Twitter content. We will also Tweet about old articles (mostly academic, occasionally popular press) that we think have been mostly forgotten but which made some terrific points, sometimes amazing points that will be a surprise to most people not familiar with them.
WHAT OUR TWITTER FEED WILL NOT BE
It will not be personal. We won’t be tweeting about the friends we met at conferences, the terrible restaurants we ate it, the cuteness of our pets, or the movies we are watching.
It will not be a forum for engaging in Twitter wars with people who disagree with us.
There will be no intentional snark, sarcasm, and snideness.
There will be no current events, general politics (unless it relates directly to science generally, or political or social psychology specifically!).
The idea is for our Twitter feed to focus on science, especially psychology, and even more especially on social psychology and science reform. Political biases in science are a part of scientific dysfunctions, and even threats to speech and academic freedom overflow into such threats, which is why they will be included here.