So the seemingly harmless tweet above was trolled very hard and specifically. Causing us to note, but also finding it had longevity beyond just the day it happened (a weekend, so went largely unnoticed or unreported upon) and today sees it trending again for being called out by Senator & former Presidential hopeful John McCain’s son.
How should digital news organisations respond to this? Some say it is simple – “Don’t read the comments” or, better still, switch them off altogether. And many have done just that, disabling their comment threads for good because they became too taxing to bother with.
But in so many cases journalism is enriched by responses from its readers. So why disable all comments when only a small minority is a problem?
At the Guardian, we felt it was high time to examine the problem rather than turn away.
+NOTE: some really great interactive visualizations go along with the data accompanying this article at the link below:
The internet has a problem, and that problem is people. Dramatic incidents of public harassment, abuse and threatening behaviour are never far from the news, and during recent years, public awareness of this unpleasantness has grown dramatically. With it has come an understanding of the harms done, not just by high-level threats and abusive behaviour but by a more insidious culture of dismissal, denigration and disrespect that surrounds them. Read More
( or Why both Twitter & Journalism are in deep trouble )
Of course we aren’t sure how deep, but fairly certain that both are at an intersection where they need to reevaluate their choices and recommit to bringing quality & fairness to their respective platforms
BuzzFeed’s search for marginalized writers is progressive, not racist
On Saturday night, Koul deleted or deactivated her Twitter account. Koul, a woman of colour who writes critically about racism and sexism, was forced off social media for giving an ear to those who often go unheard. This should disturb any journalist, regardless of whether or not Koul returns to Twitter.
But the implications of the incident go beyond Koul, perfectly encapsulating a dangerous deficiency in understandings of racism.
How I Handled My Personal Story Going Viral
Having your story attacked by trolls and tabloids is a terrible experience, but it is possible to minimize the damage. Read More
[Trigger Warning: Teen Exploitation, Pornography & Sexual Predators]
Jessie discovered it accidentally.
“It was on the popular page,” he told me. “I thought it was just a hot guy with his shirt off.”
Jessie, a 20-something male in New York, had clicked on what he thought was an innocuous selfie on Instagram, the kind of photo we’ve come to expect from a generation which thinks the best way to prove your worth is to purse your lips while staring into a water-stained bathroom mirror. But the image, it turned out, wasn’t of a “hot guy” — it was of a young boy.
“Like, 11-years-old young boy,” Jessie said.
Jessie was creeped out, but what he noticed next disturbed him most: The picture had received thousands upon thousands of likes.
There’s something very strange about the anonymity of the Web that brings out the worst in some people. I don’t get it, but it’s something we have to deal with for now. Courtney S… Read More
Is Twitter amoral? Scientists have probed the issue, but the answer is obvious: Of course it is. It’s a blank slate, by design — empty of values except for the cultish worship of the now.
This is by design. For years, Twitter has been criticized for drowning its users in a sea of trivia. CEO Ev Williams has countered these critics by saying Twitter is all in how you use it. It is an empty vessel of meaning; if it stays empty, that’s your fault.
The study raises questions about the emotional cost-particularly for the developing brain-of heavy reliance on a rapid stream of news snippets obtained through television, online feeds or social networks such as Twitter.
“If things are happening too fast, you may not ever fully experience emotions about other people’s psychological states and that would have implications for your morality,” Immordino- Yang said.