So how can people possibly defend him? What is it that they see in him that has enough weight to balance out what he's done to people like Kathy -- and her family?
it feels like some sort of metaphorical bullet whizzing past my ear.
If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past week, it’s the same thing I learn over and over again every single time I see women speaking out publicly against men who have harmed them. It is exhilarating and terrifying and heartrending to watch people tell their stories, to see the changes that can come from that telling. But victims of harassment, assault, rape and abuse deserve, absolutely and in every case, the dignity of being able to do whatever they want with their stories. Right now it feels as though we rely on them to pursue change by putting themselves and their experiences at the mercy of Twitter, Facebook, Gawker, Salon – of legions of strangers who all know they know better.
We consistently fail young women—all women—by tacitly relying on them to learn from each other, or from their experiences, which of the people in their communities they can and cannot trust. We ask them to police their own peers, but quietly, through back channels, without disturbing the important people while they’re talking. We wait for the victims of abuse to be the ones to take power away from their abusers, instead of working actively to ensure that these motherfuckers never get that far in the first place. (emphasis mine)
In 2013, Kathy Sierra identified weev as contributing to harassment of her, including publishing her home address and social security number, together with publishing fictional abuse allegations concentrating on Sierra's daughters.
Typically, the hacker trolls are technically-talented, super smart white men. They’re not just hackers. They are social engineers. They understand behavioral psych. They know their Kahneman. They “get” memes. They exploit a vulnerability in the brains of your current and potential listeners.
How? By unleashing a mind virus guaranteed to push emotional buttons for your real, NOT-troll audience.
I'm not sure I like comparing trolls to animals (because insulting to animals), but as an animal trainer, I'm painfully aware of the power of operant conditioning. Yes, sure, "don't feed the trolls" has been the standard advice, a bullshit talking point propagated by trolls to blame their targets. "You brought this on. You don't want this? Don’t engage." Except that's not actually true. It's the opposite of true, once you've been personally targeted.
As any parent of a two-year old can tell you, ignoring the child usually leads to escalation. Cry harder, scream louder, and in the most desperate scenarios, become destructive. Anything to get the attention they crave. Simply moving on is not an option for the haters once you've been labeled a Koolaid server and/or a rich source of lulz. Ignore them, and the trolls cry harder, scream louder, and become destructive.
I'd wager that the people who are drawn to trolling, for the most part, are people who are used to being ignored. Ignoring them is playing to one of their strengths. So instead of fading away, they're intensifying. And if you disagree with that assessment, you're probably not a woman.
The more dangerous social-web-fueled gamification of trolling is the unofficial troll/hate leader-board. The attacks on you are often less about scoring points against you than that they’re trying to out-do one another. They’re trying to out-troll, out-hate, out-awful the other trolls. That’s their ultimate goal. He who does the worst wins.
Huh. Self awareness in that blog post = 0. Amusing for the first 30 or so paragraphs, but then it gets damn annoying.
Here's a TL;DR
This month is the 10-year anniversary of my first online threat.
It is the very first line. (after the italicized preamble)
We're dealing with a person who keeps the day they received their first online "threat" marked down in a calender. For ten years. I don't think any more needs be said, really.
But Photoshopped images? Stories drawn from your own work? There’s a creepy and invasive horror knowing someone is pouring over your words, doing Google and Flickr image searches to find the perfect photo to manipulate. That someone is using their time and talent to write code even, about you. That’s not trolling, that’s obsession. That’s the point where you know it’s not really even about the Koolaid now…they’re obsessed with you.
This is a very long way from the favorite troll talking point “Oh boohoo someone was mean on the internet.”
Mean: “You’re fat and retarded and deserve to be raped”. (we all get tons of those, but those aren't what we're talking about)
Stalking: “Here’s yet another creepy and terrifying thing I made for you and about you and notice just how much I know about you…” (1/200)
There is a difference.
Jillian C. York, director for international freedom of expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is one of many civil libertarians who believe Facebook and other social media platforms should not screen this, or any, content at all.
I soon realized that calling me a “public figure” had nothing to do with describing my impact on the industry or recognizing my achievements within it. Rather, the term “public figure” is solely ascribed to me as part of justifying abuse, harassment, humiliation, boundary violations and invasion of my privacy by anyone — from journalists to anonymous trolls to professional peers.
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