From The Nation Magazine---
Yesterday the staff of Jezebel revealed that they and their readers have, for the past several months, been deluged by violent rape GIFs courtesy of trollish commenters. Worse, they said, the higher-ups at Gawker Media, Jezebel’s owner, refuse to do anything about it.
“The images arrive in a barrage, and the only way to get rid of them from the website is if a staffer individually dismisses the comments and manually bans the commenter,” Jezebel’s staff wrote in a piece posted on the site. But because the commenter accounts are untraceable and anonymous, the trolls just set up new ones. “It’s like playing whack-a-mole with a sociopathic Hydra,” they wrote.
They’ve asked about tools that would allow them to record—and thus ban—IP addresses, which would make it harder to create multiple fake accounts from the same computer. But nothing is happening........Rethinking online anonymity is a good idea. But we also need to rethink the mandatory social media interaction increasingly being demanded of journalists. At the very least, we should acknowledge that the burdens placed on men and women in the industry are unequal.
Here is the initial posting from the writers at Jezebel about the bad images.
None of this is surprising.
Gawker-type snark is not freedom or progress.
A corporation is not freedom or progress.
A coperation telling you that they represent some new media or that they are up to date with current trends is not freedom or progress.
Your own efforts and your own values are freedom and progress.
Sticking up for folks looking for a kind and hopeful life & wanting to express themselves in a positive and progressive manner is freedom and progress.
The work of freedom and progress is up to each of us.
The actions of staff at Jezebel to make their concerns about rape images public is freedom and progress.
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