Phil_Giordana_FCD wrote:I'm going to be blunt here, but I agree with lonesagi and others. Justin, you do yourself no service by advertising so much. At best, it makes you look like a RW. Just do what you do to further the movement, and exo-promotion will come right along. No need to plaster your name everywhere you are.
Or do. I'm not one to judge. Get's a bit annoying at times, is all I'm saying.
Justin, if you really want to make an impression or do some good, go get a day job.
Dawkins, Hitchens, Sagan, Dennett, etc. ... they didn't make themselves important by be "athiest activists". That's not why people listened to them. People listened because they had proved themselves smart in their individual fields; therefore, what they said had weight.
You want to be important, fine. Great. Go get an important job, do it well, and write about your atheism on the side. If people listen, wonderful. If they don't, oh well, you tried. Running around as a self aggrandizing fuckhead doesn't win you any points. You sound and act like Watson.
This is honest advice from someone who would like to like you, but can't, because you act like a fuckhead.
You do know I have a job...right?
Anyway, I put my website on the sign -- in addition to the FFRF URL -- so that people can visit my website and interact. In addition, I handed out business cards and took business cards from others. I would have put nepafreethought.org -- my local atheist group -- on the sign, but the website is currently experiencing some difficulties going up and down. The webmaster, too, hasn't been active. This protest was an impromptu one because I learned about the event about a week beforehand. Next year, if the event happens again, I'll hopefully be more ready and protest with my organization and some other atheists/secularists.
I don't see what the problem is with getting my name out there. It's branding. I don't have a huge audience like some others, so I have to promote, write frequently, and get out there whether it be 'on the front lines' or online. Viewers don't magically come to websites. People need to self-promote their content. I especially learned this when I wrote for Examiner.com and pay was based on page views... I have since stopped writing for them for various reasons and, of course, am now on SIN. What do you want me to do, go about and wear a mask, hiding my identity? The hell? I'm a recognized figure here in Northeastern Pennsylvania because of my local activism and, even at the rally, some of the pastors knew who I was...and we had conversation. Local media, too, is happy to work with me because of good relationships.