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The Mary Sue

Get Off Your Butts And Follow Us On Social Media Already

Do you social media? Tumbl or Tweet? If not, ride off into the sunset and know that we are proud of you for how well you have resisted modern temptations. You’re a true rebel.

However, if you, like your friendly Mary Sue writers and most everyone else, do partake in social media, do us solid and go follow us. We have:

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As well as the Twitters of those whose words you read: Susana Polo, Jill Pantozzi, Rebecca Pahle, weekend editor/video game reviewer Becky Chambers, movie reviewer Zoe Chevat, Amanda Age 30′s Amanda LaPergola, Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.’s Alan Kistler, and contributors Dan Wohl and Jaydot Sloane.

We’re all very clever, we swear. And you wouldn’t want to miss anything The Mary Sue posts, would you? We appreciate every single follow.

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The Boob Tube

Study Shows That TV Viewers Prefer Not to Multita—Ooh, Twitter

Turns out that the “Technology is ruining our attention spans! People never talk face-to-face anymore! Waxing nostalgic about the pre-Internet era makes me feel superior to others! Grrrrrrr” apocalypse isn’t quite upon us: A study has found that an overwhelming majority of TV viewers still prefer to actually focus on what they’re watching instead of doing other things.

Sorry, second screen apps. You are doing your best.

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Elsewhere on the internet

Twitter Might Let You Edit Tweets, Facebook Will Definitely Let You Watch Ads

Attention, social media mavens: There’s a rumor that God will finally look down on you from His heavenly abode and give you the best gift that humanity could hope to receive, barring world peace and the end of hunger and things like that. Yes, you may be able to edit your tweets. Cue the choir of angels.

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For great justice

HBO Would Like You To Roast Joffrey Today

No, no, as much as you’d like to, HBO’s Joffrey roast is not about cooking the King of Westeros. Though it’s a great chance to get in some major burns. Use the hashtag #RoastJoffrey on social media or simply follow along. You might even see some of your favorite Game of Thrones actors participating.

Previously in Game of Thrones

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For A More Civilized Age

Facebook Creates Guide For Domestic Violence Victims

Facebook and the NNEDV (National Network To End Domestic Violence) teamed up to create a guide to Facebook security and privacy specifically tailored to people who are victims of domestic abuse and/or cyberstalking. The guide walks users through the details of changing security settings, what the various privacy mechanisms do, and generally giving an in-depth tutorial on social media safety. Not only is it a great resource for anyone trying to grapple with violence, it is also just a well-written, straightforward guide about Facebook safety for any user.

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Today in things that make us scream incoherently

Petition Calls for a “Report Abuse” Button on Twitter After Female Journalist Receives Hundreds of Threats

Last week it was announced that the Bank of England would put Jane Austen on the £10 note, making her only the third non-royal woman to appear on British currency. We took it as good news, but a lot of other people… er… really didn’t. One of the women who successfully campaigned for women’s inclusion on bills has been getting tons of abuse and rape threats via Twitter and has responded by taking the site to ask for their “completely inadequate” system for reporting abuse. The cause has taken hold, and now there’s a petition with 60,000+ signatures to have Twitter add a “report abuse” button to individual tweets.

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To Boldly Go

Star Trek & The City Twitter Account Follows Ensign Carrie Bradshaw’s Love Affairs In Space

The world is full of people with amazing ideas. The latest example is Star Trek & the City, a Twitter feed that mixes Star Trek with Sex and the City. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha are all Starfleet officers dealing with the usual relationship promises and pitfalls. Whoever is running the account certainly has the Bradshaw voice down but it’s great imagining Kim Cattrall as her Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country character Lt. Valeris. I’m assuming the girls have somehow fashionized the regular Starfleet uniforms. Check out some of our favorite tweets and see how easily space explorations fits with sex talk.

(via io9)

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I Guess I Can't Argue With That

Kathryn Bigelow Wants Your Help To Send A Very Important Message On Twitter About Women

Kathryn Bigelow’s name has been in the news a lot lately thanks to her film Zero Dark Thirty. The film, based loosely on the intelligence effort that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, has had supporters and detractors but got people talking about the serious issue of torture. But there’s another issue Bigelow would like to get the word out for and that’s women in national security. She’s hoping a large-scale Twitter campaign, and you, will help. 

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This Exists... Because of A Lady

We’re Getting A Social Issues Video Game Featuring A Black Female Superhero, Courtesy Of The U.S. Government

The National Endowment for the Arts is funding a new interactive game from filmmaker and digital media artist Ayoka Chenzira, Ph.D. It’s called HERadventure, a science fiction-based, multimedia platform project intended to target women 18-25 with the aim of bringing awareness to social issues affecting women like depression, discrimination, or pollution. The star of the project is HER, a black female superhero from another planet.

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And All Was Right With the World

Facebook User Helps Couple Recover Lost Memory Card In Global Search

Facebook may not be the best social network for customer satisfaction but it can help with a good mystery now and again. When one couple lost their camera’s memory card, they thought it was lost for good, but thanks to Facebook it was returned. How did it go from Point A to Point B? Allow us to explain… 

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