More on the Whole Online Shaming/Vigilantism Conversation
December 27, 2013 § 1 Comment
Earlier today, senior Huffington Post tech writer Bianca Bosker published an article arguing why we should all fear the online mob, and quoted a thing of mine, along with some things of some others, including Dr. Claire Hardacker (who someday I really need to meet). I agree with the basic idea that online mobs = scary, the vast majority of the time, depending on the case, and in honor of that series of caveats (which is essentially how I’d characterize my position) wanted to add to the below quote more thoughts on the subject. From the HuffPo article:
“Like more traditional offline deterrents … online shaming allows certain individuals or groups to model what is and what is not acceptable within a specific (sub)cultural context,” Dr. Whitney Phillips, a faculty associate in Humboldt State University’s sociology department researching Internet culture, wrote in The Awl last December. “But not just model — the second (and simultaneous) half of that equation is punishing, or threatening to punish, anyone who deviates from whatever established norm.”
But I have more thoughts than just that, oh my:
Not the most uplifting way to end the week, but that’s the internet for you.