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Tag Archive: Twitter

Apr 30 2014

Abortion, choice and stigma

My latest for The Daily Beast is a criticism of apparent moral hypocrisy regarding a woman’s choice to have an abortion, premised on disliking a women’s chosen career path. There’s more to it than that, of course, but I really dislike the idea that people can be pro-choice – but only for some women (who …

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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 21 2013

Go to JustineSacco.com

This… Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white! — Justine Sacco Tweet (@JustineSacco) December 20, 2013 …led to someone taking time to not send threats to Ms Sacco or merely complain to their friends about how nasty racists are (who would disagree?) and do this: http://justinesacco.com/ Using attention, current focus and …

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Dec 20 2013

I just unpublished an article: Here’s why (UPDATED)

I made what I thought were legitimate criticisms of Holly Baxter’s piece, premised on criticisms with her points in her piece for the Guardian on crowdfunding. I spent a long time writing it and trying to be careful, since I’m aware she is currently facing much unnecessary, unwanted and unwarranted digital hate. I’ve decided, despite …

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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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Dec 02 2013

Live Tweeting Your Meanness: Don’t Do It

I wrote a response to Elan Gale’s Live Tweeting his “hilarious” response to an “irritating” fellow passenger for the Guardian. Let’s just say I wasn’t impressed. (I note that Ophelia and Jason wrote posts, too).

Jul 27 2013

Woman speaks out, woman gets threats – this is my response

Caroline Criado-Perez has been having quite a week. After a three-month campaign, that began after I saw a news story about historical women being wiped off banknotes, the Bank of England finally capitulated. Mark Carney announced that not only would Jane Austen be the face of the new tenner, but that a review process would …

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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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Jul 07 2013

Is Katy Perry powered by Twitter?

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She must be, if this Tweet were true. If this gets 250,000 retweets, @katyperry will be with me during my chemotherapy. Please help, it’s my dream! pic.twitter.com/U5sZitZ6pP — Meredith (@LifeAsMeredith) July 5, 2013 You can see at time of capture, it had reached 100,385. I’ve been even more sensitive to quick, knee-jerk reactions to stories …

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