On Gender, Ed-tech, and Refusal to be silent

I particularly liked the angle Audrey Watters (the author) used to explain the issue. Other articles we’ve read have focused on the political, technological, or social sides of online harassment (like Tuesday’s article on Zoe Quinn), Watters explains it from a personal, first-person point-of-view which makes it more sincere. She speaks for experiences (since she has been harassed and threatened online) and with knowledge. She has a degree in women’s studies. Women should have more influence and inclusion in the internet and technology. Not just to match the percentages of men, but to add their input and knowledge since they are 50% of the global population. Even as a guy, I don’t understand why women get harassed so much online. Sure most places in the world are patriarchies, but in this age of increased technology use and spread of ideas and information, an entire gender can be suppressed by controlling the internet. I’ve always imagined the typical internet-master to be a skinny, young, pale dude who thinks they’re a genius (an inflated opinion of themselves, for sure) The solution is made clear in this article though. Women must voice their concerns and fight through the insults, sneers, and nasty comments from others. They should by strong and open about harassment, especially now when there is a growing sense of awareness of sexual assault due to all these celebrity sexual assault allegations. Audrey Watters, Zoe Quinn, and other women who stand up to online harassers will help women everywhere.

Game of Fear

I don’t understand why nothing was done about this. Why couldn’t the police stop Eron Gjoni (sounds like a Star Trek character)? Wouldn’t the constant stream of death threats and endangerment by publicly announcing her address, locations, family members, etc, be enough to arrest this guy? There is no way this guy can justify what he did. His posts were responsible for her receiving death threats, a job loss, forcing Zoe and her family members to go into hiding and more. He ruined her life and emotionally and socially abused her through a computer. All she did break up with him. Didn’t he and all the other trolls have better things to do with their lives. I can’t believe someone can threaten to find you and kill you and not be punished, especially when it was done online where everything posted can never be completely erased. The internet is becoming an easy way for people to humiliate others through threats, leaked photos, private information, and more. The police and even the CEO of Twitter realize that online abuse and trolling are had to stop and punish. It hasn’t really been established what constitutes a dangerous and violent threat and what is freedom of speech. Also, HOW ON EARTH DID HIS MOM APPROVE OF HIM DOING THIS?

Baym, Chapter 6

I think the author, Nancy Baym, made some good observations regarding the differences in how relationships start and continue on the internet and face-to-face. In her relation with Markus, which started online, two people with a common interest who most likely would not have been able to meet in a pre-internet era were able to become friends despite living in different areas of the world. She also brings up some valuable points by the middle of the chapter when the values and options available between romance online and offline. The general argument that she makes is that while technology and social media platforms are able to sustain some relationships and are becoming a more acceptable way to date, they are constantly changing and sometimes relationships offline relationships can be better, especially if the two people are young and aren’t sure if an romance through computer screens will work.

Chapter 5 from Baym’s book

“Tom” was good way to explain the potential of the online world. It showed that while pretending to be someone else is nothing new, the internet can take it to a whole new level because we all have a little bit of Tom in us. We all want to be attractive, but we also have the power to exaggerate ourselves while be anonymous. As she developed the chapter more by describing how activities that have been face-to-face in the past, such as dating< are being normalized in the digital world. I agree with her on this point, but I don’t think it is as obvious to most people as she makes it to be. Those who control and create this technology, like Mark Zuckerburg who is mentioned in the chapter, sometime forget how alluring social media has become. People can create multiple versions of themselves on different sites claiming to be anything or anyone they want to be and social networking sites need to address this. As a joke and as a warning, a reference in this chapter says that without proper monitoring then “Karl Marx, Anne Boleyn, and Kermit the Frog” could become real figures according to social sites.

Chapter 1 from Baym’s book

It is clear from this article and from all the other articles that we have read that no one knew how big the internet would become, how many other technologies like social media would spawn from it, and how important it would become in our daily lives. It has changed the way humans can interact; however, this can be seen as positive and negative. New communication methods, such as email and texting, have enlarged our ability to send information in real-time, but they have can also limit face-to-face conversations which is something that humans have done for thousands of years. I also thought Baym’s choice to explain her relations with the early internet was a good way to show an understanding of the subject, its expanse, and its “capabilities”. She combined her experiences with this revolutionary thing called the World Wide Web with facts about the people who designed the internet and how their intentions were different from what we have today.

Star Trek rerun, reread, rewritten: Fan writing as textual poaching”

This article is pretty dated. It came out in 1988, before the World Wide Web and advent of social media which dramatically changed how fanfiction could be shared and discussed. I disagree with many of the points made by the author, including his points made about female characters and the rights to creates works based off of pre-existing stories. In my opinion, fanfiction can inspire new ideas about fictional characters and since everyone in a certain fanfiction group is dedicated to the same character universe, they can achieve a lot. Also, I don’t think that fictional works and the fanfiction that follow should be considered as commodities when there is so much potential in simply writing stories.

https://forum.deviantart.com/art/literature/1839374/

This link leads to an argument made by fanfiction writers and artists over the positive and negative effects of their work. yes, there is fanfiction writing about fanfiction writing.

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Fandom in the Digital Era

I think the reason that fanfiction has remained so popular over the years, despite changes in technology and lawsuits by powerful corporations, is because the fans are inspired by devotion to something that they love. Real fans not motivated by money, like the companies that own the rights to the characters and their universes, which makes them more dedicated to topics. They find people from all over the world who have similar interests and create fanfiction websites and fan-made movies and attend comic-cons. Another thing that sets pop culture fans apart is that follow topics that are made-up. While some hobbies, like professional football, can be shown in real time to thousands of fans, these fans are inspired by figures, like Harry Potter or Spock, that don’t actually exist. This is why they want to make their own stories. Because the best way to expand the universes of fictional characters is make increase their fiction.” I think the reason that fanfiction has remained so popular over the years, despite changes in technology and lawsuits by powerful corporations, is because the fans are inspired by devotion to something that they love. Real fans not motivated by money, like the companies that own the rights to the characters and their universes, which makes them more dedicated to topics. They find people from all over the world who have similar interests and create fanfiction websites and fan-made movies and attend comic-cons. Another thing that sets pop culture fans apart is that follow topics that are made-up. While some hobbies, like professional football, can be shown in real time to thousands of fans, these fans are inspired by figures, like Harry Potter or Spock, that don’t actually exist. This is why they want to make their own stories. Because the best way to expand the universes of fictional characters is make increase their fiction.