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Harassment is hardly a new concept. Now, more than ever, intimidation and harassment can exist on multiple media and affect people on a global scale. Gone are the days of an identifiable “playground bully,” for they have bought a computer and created an alias.
As Dan Gillmor states in his book “We the Media,” Ward Cunninghan identifies a troll by, "their disengagement from a conversation or argument. They do not believe what they say, but merely say it for effect."
While no one is “safe” on the Internet, online harassment of women gamers, contributors, and content-creators is pervasive and detrimental. This wiki will explore the modern day “troll,” the implications of provoking female content-creators, and the efforts to minimize harmful language in certain online-spaces.
In January 2015, Newsweek published an expose entitled “What the Silicon Valley Thinks of Women,” complete with a very graphic image on the cover of the issue. In August 2015, Julie Ann Horvath spoke candidly about her experiences with trolls at GitHub. Examples of harassment of women online have been, and continue to be, shared in mainstream media and yet the behavior continues.
Wiki-citizens, I implore you to share your vast knowledge of this subject! Leave a comment, contribute an article, or suggest content to Erica at email@example.com. Our aim is to support women who have/are experiencing cyber harassment, and shed light on the detrimental actions of others online.
A conclusion of our work together: Edit
Friends, Romans, wiki-dwellers, you’ve leant me your ears…and together we’ve accomplished discussing a plethora of topics relating to being a woman online. Thus far, we’ve explored how the Dickwolves controversy, revenge porn, and Gamergate have impacted women in the online ecosystem, and contributed to the overall “trolling” mood that has permeated the Internet since its conception.
Yet, through these three posts, we have not even begin to discuss the long-term effects of trolling on women in the media industry. Nor have we discussed efforts like Trollbusters, or companies of the same ilk trying to actively stop violent acts against women online.
Audience—I’m calling upon you to play your part. Edit
Through these efforts, let’s gather more information about specific and cited examples of the detrimental impact of trolling on women. Have you yourself gone through an experience? A friend? A boss? A colleague? Perhaps we, together, can shed light on these separate instances and culminate our experience for the greater good of women Internet users and content creators. Perhaps through these stories we can cultivate a higher awareness where institutions like law enforcement have simply not progressed.
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