Why “privilege” may be the wrong argument to use

Within religious studies, gender studies, and probably history and political science (and others I can’t think of), the word “privilege” has come to mean “a group of people is accorded special status due to their appearance or caste.” In my culture, it generally translates to WASPs, or White Anglo-Saxon Protestants, and in particular, WASP men. Especially WASP men who own land and have decent jobs. And what privilege gets you is a long list of benefits, such as being able to assume you are generally right, and that you’ll have food and a home, and that you can get a job, and that police won’t harass you, and that your opinion won’t be dismissed due to your gender, race, or religious beliefs.

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Testing out some WPBook

Just a heads-up that I’m testing out a new plugin, and it’s not all shiny right now. Subsequently, some functionality might be a bit off for the next few days while I query the plugin developer and try to figure out what’s wrong.

For years I’ve been wanting to find a way for Facebook and WordPress to share comments. I have all my blog posts import into Facebook as “Notes” to make it easier for people to subscribe to my blog, but with some people commenting there and some commenting here locally, the discussion is all broken up. I’d rather everyone comment in the same place; ideally, they could comment in both places and see all comments.

WPBook aims to do just this, and so far it looks marvelous. There’s only one problem: when you post a comment on Facebook, it redirects you to my home page and the comment never shows up. Kind of defeats the purpose.

So, for now, commenting via FB is down. There is a new Facebook app that goes along with this, though, which you can find at http://apps.facebook.com/silverpenpub. If I’m able to get this working, I think it’ll be pretty cool, but we’ll see. My last two tries at this resulted in me undoing, uninstalling, and deleting everything that would have provided Facebook integration and going back to the straightforward Notes import.

PS Facebook has gotten so jacked up with their latest round of UI and Privacy changes that the link to stop Notes importing no longer exists as it should. I found it in a help file that was linked from an FAQ, but that help file says, “Go to this one place and click on this link,” and the link is no longer in that place. Thankfully, they had the link directly in the Help file, but I’m not comforted. A few months ago they removed the ability to close comments on Notes, and now I run into this. Facebook, I’m not a fan.