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Tag Archive: social media

Apr 10 2014

So you want to photograph that woman eating on the train…

…maybe don’t. In the Daily Beast, I wrote about my problems with this and other creepy groups and the mindset behind it – as well as the larger problems of our unethical use of the powerful tools we use everyday.

Jan 29 2014

On the ethics of public shaming & digital mob justice

I wrote a post for the New Statesman on using public shaming and digital “mob justice” – even when aimed at those people we consider to be wrong. I’m unconvinced of public shaming as a tactic, in terms of “justice” – since one would hope that enforcing justice is itself considered in moral terms; that …

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Dec 23 2013

Justine Sacco wasn’t the biggest problem about her Twitter storm UPDATE

Over at Big Think, I argued that Sacco’s apparent racism – or rather, her racist Tweet – was probably the least worrying part of her whole “Twitter storm”. What worried me and continues to worry me are our default responses to people and how we caricature, so we can attack, convey pure bile, and do …

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Dec 06 2013

On that fake Paris Hilton Tweet

I scold Twitter. Again. Because apparently me and social media are like mortal enemies – or rather online conduct is. Over at Big Think, I convey why it’s troublesome – both in terms of our conduct online and another area that is related: how we treat celebrities. I dislike the victim-blaming language of “they asked …

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Sep 08 2013

Suicide, stigma and social media

A US sports analyst chartered his decision to commit suicide. He didn’t have any of the usual reasons people commit suicide: ill-health, losing autonomy, etc; it was made rationally (as rationally as is possible in such circumstances), on his 60th birthday, and done to prevent any chance of deterioration. After reading about, I recognised how …

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Jul 25 2013

Outrage, social media and knee-jerk responses

I have a new post up at the Guardian that you can go and fight with. Additionally: I quite like this piece by Laura Hudson at Wired on when the bullied becomes the bullies in the age of social media. I think it’s a difficult discussion and, though I like the article, I’m not sure how …

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Jul 22 2013

No, it’s not the 17th century

Sometimes I think this magical box I type on is from the future, because the world outside remains afraid of falling off the edge, gods throwing lightning, witches’ flying limits, and alien lizard monsters. For example, this isn’t from the 17th century: A Norwegian woman who was given a prison sentence for extramarital sex after …

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