Joshua Eaton

Independent Journalist

Category: Twitter

Joshua Quoted in CNN Article

"Smoke billows from a spot targeted by the Israeli military inside the Gaza Strip . . . ." Photo courtesy of CNN and Getty Images.

“Smoke billows from a spot targeted by the Israeli military inside the Gaza Strip . . . .” Photo courtesy of CNN and Getty Images.

TODAY I WAS QUOTED in a CNN article about the name of Israel’s ongoing military campaign in Gaza, “Name of Israel’s Anti-Hamas Operation Has Biblical Meaning.” Here’s the relavant paragraph:

Israel’s choice of Hebrew words has provoked some criticism online.

“By calling this operation ‘Pillar of Cloud,’ the IDF are, in a sense, calling themselves God,” tweeted @joshua_eaton, whose Twitter bio describes him as a journalist covering religion and politics. “And they act like they believe that, too.”

Of course they could have looked through my online publications list to confirm I really am a “journalist covering religion and politics.” But that’s nitpicking on my part.

Still, I’m excited to have contributed to the conversation! Read the full article here; it’s very well-written and informative

Pictures and Tweets from Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi at the Newseum in Washington, DC on 20 September 2012

Aung San Suu Kyi at the Newseum in Washington, DC on 20 September 2012

YESTERDAY I had the honor of being in the press box for Amnesty International's Rights Generation event at the Newseum in Washington, DC, where the featured speaker was Burmese human rights activist, MP, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi. To top it all off I finally got to meet Rev. Danny Fisher, a fellow Buddhist journalist and long-time online friend who heads up the Buddhist chaplaincy program at University of the West in Rosemead, California. You can see my pictures from the event here. Here's a full video of yesterday's event with Suu Kyi: And here are some livetweets of the event from me (@joshua_eaton), Danny (@revdannyfisher), and the Hinman Foundation (@hinman_fdn):

Notes from Gasland by Farhad Ebrahimi

Illegally mislabeled tanks containing God-knows-what at a fracking site, taken by Farhad Ebrahimi.

Illegally mislabeled tanks containing God-knows-what at a fracking site, taken by Farhad Ebrahimi.

MY FRIEND and fellow Occupy Boston alumnus Farhad Ebrahimi (@yahktoe)—who's also a pretty amazing environmental funder—recently visited a community affected by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Later he posted a really moving set of tweets about the things he saw and the people he talked to. I defy anyone to read them and not feel sheer outrage that any company could destroy people's lives this way for nothing but money:

Passion Is Not Payment: Why Creatives and Intellectuals Deserve Decent Pay

Will Work for Pay

Will Work for Pay

LAST week I tweeted about unpaid internships, free blogging, and the general idea that people in creative or social service jobs should work for the love of what their doing rather than (not in addition to) decent pay and benefits. My tweets got a really great response and generated a lot of really interesting conversation. Here's the thread:

Coming Out of the Debt Closet: Others’ Stories

Student Debt

Student Debt

I JUST posted a Twitter thread where I talk about my personal struggles with student and credit card debt—and asked others to share their stories. Below are some responses from people who took up that challenge:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Out of the Debt Closet: My Story

The  "Master of Degrees" strikes a pose

The “Master of Degrees” strikes a pose

LAST week I came out to my 1000 some-odd Twitter followers as a delinquent debtor. I’m not really that delinquent—I’m two weeks behind in one credit card payment—but it’s still extremely personal. And I still had to build up a lot of courage to do it.

There are two main points I was trying to make. The first is that—as activists, writers, journalists, and intellectuals—we shouldn’t waste experiences like this. No life is private; we all live embedded in legal frameworks, political systems, histories, economies, and social structures. We’ve got to point those out to people. Otherwise things like debt become personal tragedies and not social problems. We’ve got to let people know we’re in this together, because they often cannot bear it on their own.

The second is that we need to break the shame and stigma around financial hardship. People aren’t going to let go of their narrow prejudices about people who experience financial hardship unless they learn those people are their friends, relatives, neighbors, partners, children, and loved ones. And hardship is always easier when it isn’t borne in isolation.

Enough explanation. Here’s the thread:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twitter Workshop with Occupy Wall Street

Occupy UMass-Boston

Occupy UMass-Boston

I SPENT the night of 26 January with Occupy UMass-Boston as they encamped in their student center. Several people from Occupy Wall Street were also there as part of their ongoing bus tour of occupations in the Northeast. (You can follow the tour at @OWSBus and #OccuTrip, or you can read about it in this recent New York Times article.) One of the best things about my visit was joining in on an impromptu Twitter workshop with the OWS folks,  some of which I’d like to share now.

Here’s a (low-quality) video of the workshop:

After the workshop the OWS folks were kind enough to send me two Google documents:

Finally, be sure to check out my Storify with pictures, video, live tweets, notes, and links from the workshop, as well as my Flickr album of pictures from Occupy UMass-Boston.

I’ve found this information useful and hope you do to. Enjoy!

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