HOW ON­LINE SPEECH GOES WRONG

So­cial me­dia makes it easy for peo­ple to throw shade, which means it’s easy for ha­rass­ment to quickly snow­ball on­line. The fol­low­ing are real ac­counts of peo­ple’s ex­pe­ri­ences with on­line sham­ing and ha­rass­ment, as told to the au­thor—some in­ci­dents will be

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On­line sham­ing, bul­ly­ing, and ha­rass­ment. Jan­ice got dragged (and right­fully so, she re ects for be­ing sex­ist on ace­book and var­i­ous fo­rums, while three other re­spon­dents men­tioned that they were bul­lied on­line for “real-life bul­ly­ing that ex­tended to the in­ter­net

One-sided dis­course. ham­ing some­one on­line can be done with the mis­placed in­ten­tion of “ed­u­cat­ing some­one —which some­times masks a de­sire for likes within our so­cial cir­cles, brownie points for wo­ke­ness, as writer ika izon ex­plores in an ar­ti­cle on cout­mag ph The op­tion for likes and shares can make so­cial me­dia more like an ap­proval ma­chine, more than ac­tual en­gage­ment

Cul­tural ac­tivist ona al-Raschid’s ex­pe­ri­ence with on­line sham­ing hap­pened on Twit­ter, af­ter she posted a thread ex­plain­ing why she couldn’t re­late to a cer­tain lm “The di­rect re­sponses I got were pos­i­tive, [but] I was alerted to peo­ple sub­tweet­ing me Com­plete strangers mocked her per­sonal opin­ions, mak­ing fun of her ar­gu­ment and the ex­am­ples used in her thread

Politi­cal pro­pa­ganda. There are a lot of in­sen­si­tive and le­git­i­mately hate­ful things oat­ing around on the in­ter­net This is es­pe­cially seen in the con­text of our tense politi­cal cli­mate here in the hilip­pines, man­i­fest­ing on­line through trolls and fake news This shapes pub­lic opin­ion with warped ver­sions of the truth, even go­ing so far as to ha­rass those who dis­agree

An ex­am­ple of on­line politi­cal ha­rass­ment would be that en­dured by atha­nia Chua, a univer­sity in­struc­tor vo­cal in her crit­i­cism of the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion In re­tal­i­a­tion for her pointed cri­tiques of blog­ger-turned-govern­ment of cial Mocha son, atha­nia’s on­line de­tails were ex­posed in a post made by politi­cal ac­tivist ass asot atha­nia re­calls that in the post, “ ass fab­ri­cated a lot of things about me, about how I work and my in­sti­tu­tion he men­tions there was no ba­sis to what ass said, and both ass and Mocha have thou­sands of fol­low­ers who be­lieve the pro­pa­ganda ped­dled against her

Slut-sham­ing. Two of the re­sponses had to do with slut-sham­ing, as oey was called out for post­ing a photo of her­self in a crop top aye , on the other hand, was in­sulted for her cloth­ing and looks uys, it’s the 21st cen­tury, and some peo­ple still can’t wrap their minds around the idea that what peo­ple wear is none of their busi­ness There’s no harm in some­one be­ing proud of their looks and post­ing an T ; what’s harm­ful is mak­ing as­sump­tions about a woman’s char­ac­ter or sex life based on her cloth­ing

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