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Jezebel Staff Calls Out Gawker Media For Continually Ignoring Commenter Harassment

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  • The staff of Jezebel.com posted a memo today calling out their employer, Gawker Media, for ignoring the constant harassment they face from trolls in their comments section. The staff describes how users from “anonymous, untraceable burner accounts” frequently post violent rape GIFs in their comment threads, which have to be manually deleted by staffers. Jezebel calls out Gawker Media, which uses its own proprietary Kinja publishing platform, for refusing to block or even record these IP addresses, as it doesn’t want to impede its access to possible tipsters. Jezebel’s editorial director Joel Johnson took to Twitter shortly after to admit, “I’ve dropped the ball and they’re right to call me out. … I don’t have a solution yet but that’s my problem.” [Jezebel; Twitter.com/JoelJohnson]
  • Over at The Washington Post, columnist Alyssa Rosenberg opines that when it comes to feminist blogging, “it sometimes seems like burnout is part of the business model.” [Washington Post] Keep reading »

Gwyneth Paltrow Has No Love For Internet Commenters

“The Internet also allows us the opportunity to project outward our hatred, our jealousy. It’s culturally acceptable to be an anonymous commenter. It’s culturally acceptable to say, ‘I’m just going to take all of my internal pain and externalize it anonymously.’ … It has nothing to do with me. They have an internal object, and they’re putting it on me. I kind of look at it as, ‘Wow this is an interesting social experiment.’ You’re talking about a blind stranger having feelings about you. It can only be projection. …

You come across [online comments] about yourself and about your friends, and it’s a very dehumanizing thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it. My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience.”

While I have my own complicated feelings about internet commenters, and certainly have no love in my heart for trolls who drop by just to stir the pot or call people names or spout racist/sexist/homophobic bullshit, I think Gwyneth Paltrow makes three big mistakes in this interview with re/code. First, she lumps all anonymous commenters together, as if they’re one hive mind that is, naturally, beneath her. Secondly, she shows no understanding of the very  legitimate reasons why people might choose to comment anonymously beyond just wanting the freedom to “project” their internal pain onto her. And third, she equates negative comments online to a bloody, dehumanizing war. Bad idea, Goopy. Anonymous commenters? Have at her if you’d like… [re/code] Keep reading »

Be My Boyfriend: JacksFilms Dude Is The Ultimate Grammarian

Grammar With Court
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Words We Hate
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"If the music is very butting."

I admit I’m even a little nervous writing this, because Jack of JacksFilms is generally concerned with only one thing — the paltry grammar of internet commenters and social networkers. Jack is so committed to his cause, that he’s managed to make nearly 50 hilarious videos about it. Each video features Jack reading off some of the most inane, poorly spelled and totally illiterate internet comments.

But it’s not just Jack’s commitment to ridding the world of incoherent internet comments, it’s that he is so funny and charming in the process. So Jack, send me a note — I promise I’ll spellcheck my reply. [YouTube] Keep reading »

Commenters, Thanks For The Advice And I Love You!

All you Frisky readers out there, I wanna say those three little words to you — I love you. I don’t know what I’d do without you. Shudder to think! I can only hope that some day, I can rely on and heart a man as much as you, baby. You got my back! Sure, sometimes we disagree, but sometimes I’m not right. I love that no matter what, I can always count on you to tell me what you honestly think. And on one very special occasion, you saved me from myself.

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