Posts tagged "internet"

The Year In Year-End Roundups: Everything The Blogosphere Thought Was Important In 2014

So many year-end lists, so little time, so we've rounded up the best of 2014's year-end roundups just for you...
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 30, 2014

13 Totes Adorbs Gifts For Your Internet-Obsessed Frenz

If you're struggling with what to get your Reddit-obsessed friends for the holidays this year, maybe it's time to admit who you are and go all in on Internet jokes. You don't even need to create your own. Many of the Internet memes you already love have been transformed into everything from clothing to gadgets,…
By: Huffington Post Weird News / December 20, 2014

Life Dream Status: Not Having An E-Mail Address

Imagine how much coordination goes into Christopher Nolan’s movies. People are saying that Interstellar is the most expansive Nolan film yet. Go ahead and take a look at the full cast and crew on IMDB: It’s hundreds and hundreds of people who Nolan oversees and organizes. Now realize this: Christopher Nolan doesn’t have…
By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 3, 2014

AnonIB’s Date Rape Problem

Trigger warning: rape By now we’re all familiar with the infamous celebrity photo leak of 2014, aka “The Fappening,” as it’s been dubbed by the Internet. But what most people are less familiar with is the supposed “Ground Zero” site for the leak, AnonIB. And not only is AnonIB the Internet’s worst kept secret…
By: Frances Locke / October 1, 2014

Jessica’s Last Day At The Frisky: Some FAQ

What?! You're leaving? Yes, it's true. Today is my last day at The Frisky!
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2014

Jezebel Staff Calls Out Gawker Media For Continually Ignoring Commenter Harassment

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 11, 2014

Sometimes I Wish I Hadn’t Written So Much About Sex

A few months ago, Amelia and I were talking about rape threats against women who write online. It seems like it happens to feminist writers Zerlina Maxwell, Amanda Hess and Jessica Valenti every day. Amelia asked if any readers have threatened to rape or otherwise harm me. The honest…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2014

“Confused Cats Against Feminism” Tumblr Puts An Eyeroll-Worthy Social Media Meme To Bed

There's only one way to address an Internet meme where dumb, mostly-white women insist not to "need" a social justice movement from which they have benefited enormously, and that is with cats. These two Tumblrs have more in common than you think: spoiled, pampered, oblivious ... [Confused Cats Against Feminism]…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2014

PurrVerse: Adult Sex Workers Are Arrested When We “Think Of The Children”

I woke up one morning last week to my Twitter in an uproar. That’s reasonably common in my world, as many of the people I follow are marginalized and there’s a lot to be angry about. Turns out that the FBI has seized MyRedbook, a California site where masseuses and escorts could advertise for…
By: Kitty Stryker / July 14, 2014

Occupy Modern Love

Dozens of protesters gathered outside The New York Times building on Eighth Avenue last night to protest the no-comment policy of the newspaper’s weekly Modern Love column. "The Times is suppressing free speech," said Jax123, who, like many of the protesters, prefers to be called by his screen name. "And since we aren’t allowed to…
By: Devorah Blachor / July 8, 2014

Lily Allen Confronts Her Internet Trolls

I liked Lily Allen's song "URL Badman" to begin with, but I love it now that there's commenters up on YouTube screaming "misandry" over the new music video. (Of course plenty of women hate on other women online and I have experienced that firsthand myself. But generally, my experience with trolls — you know, like…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 3, 2014

How Many Of Us Are Online At Any Given Second?

Ever wonder just how fast the Internet moves? PennyStocks put together one of the scariest, most mind-blowing GIF charts I've ever seen, illustrating just how much activity happens in each second online. This realtime infographic can show you how many people are Instagramming, Snapchatting, tweeting, pinning, and everything else digital under the sun.
By: Claire Hannum / June 5, 2014

WTF: Two 12-Year-Old Girls Accused Of Stabbing Classmate 19 Times To Impress Creepy, God-Like Internet Character “Slender Man”

This story is so full of WTF, I almost don't know where to begin. Two 12-year-old girls -- their names have been published elsewhere, but as they are minors, I am choosing not to -- are accused of stabbing another 12-year-old girl 19 times and then leaving her for dead in a Wisconsin woods. …
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 3, 2014

A Shakespeare-To-GIF Translator Is Coming To The Interwebs And I Can’t Contain Myself

Two graduate students at the MIT Media Lab have created a research site that quantifies the emotional content of GIFs, and they hope that one day soon it will enable them to translate Shakespeare into GIF-speak. Travis Rich and Kevin Hu launched GIFGIF on March 3, and it's a whole lot of fun. It'…
By: Claire Hannum / March 13, 2014

“I Am The King Of Trolls”: An Actual Troll (We Think) Responds To My 18 Sincere Questions For Internet Trolls

Last week, I crowd-sourced questions from my coworkers and friends and wrote a silly post called "18 Sincere Questions I Would Like To Ask Internet Trolls." I've dealt with trolls and other unsavory types just about everywhere that I have an Internet presence and I thought I'd muse out loud about some of…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 24, 2014

18 Sincere Questions I Would Like To Ask Internet Trolls

Who amongst us was surprised when the results of a recent survey found that Internet trolls are actually psychopaths and sadists? Canadian researchers applied personality inventories to Internet commenting styles and found that trolls are just as fucked-up as we thought, i.e. more likely than other people to show signs of sadism (deriving pleasure…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2014

Surprise, Surprise: Internet Trolls Are Actually Sadists

Internet trolls really are complete sadists, which explains so much. A new study, aptly titled "Trolls Just Want To Have Fun," details the findings. Good to know all the strangers who call us "fat" and "stupid" don't deserve another thought. [Time, Science Direct, CNN] Why do TED and…
By: Claire Hannum / February 13, 2014

Woman Reveals The Batshit Insane & Hateful Anonymous Comments She Receives On Tumblr

Lindsay Bottos is a 21-year-old student who posts a lot of selfies on Tumblr. In this new project, which she has shared on Buzzfeed, Lindsay posts actual cruel, slut-shaming and even violent anonymous comments that she receives on Tumblr. It's really fucking disgusting (and not uncommon for women who post pics on the internet). […
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 30, 2014

Oops: Porn Filters Are Also Blocking Sex Ed Advice

Research has shown that online filters, which seek to keep pornography and other age-inappropriate content hidden from children, are also blocking out totally legitimate sexual education advice. And probably a lot of chicken breast recipes, I'd assume. [Telegraph UK] The Toast blogger Mallory Ortberg has the best response to Ani DiFranco'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 30, 2013

This Guy Is Asking The Interwebs For Help Finding His Missing Crush

So, once upon a time, a boy from New Zealand got lost in Hong Kong on New Year's Eve and met a girl from America: "I was just walking around and admiring the lights and found this girl just crying on the side of the road ... I went and tried to help her out. She…
By: Claire Hannum / December 6, 2013
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