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Q. Doesn’t this speak to the leveling effect of constant chatting, tweeting, and sharing? Someone posting about a new baby takes on the same weight as someone else announcing the discovery of a good restaurant.
A. The issue is that the beauty of the early digital telecommunications era was seeing regular people empowered with professional-grade abilities. When you made a website, you made a website. Now, when you make a Facebook page or when you tweet, you’re using consumer-grade technology. We’ve gone from professional, cyberpunk-level participation in communications to using a consumer toy.
Writer Jon Ronson has spent a lot of time tracking people who have been shamed, raked over the coals on social media for mostly minor — but sometimes major — transgressions. And he writes about some of them in his new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.
Ronson tells NPR’s Steve Inskeep his anxiety level shot up while he was writing about the victims of public ridicule. “My book has a kind of panicky, heart-racing quality to it,” he says, “but in a positive way, because I wanted to say look, if we’re going to carry on destroying people for nothing, this is what it feels like.”
“Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop,” says Monica Lewinsky. In 1998, she says, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.
Considering how bad my voice got by the time the hour was up, I think this went as well as it could.
Full show details available @ http://nlc.nebraska.gov/scripts/calendar/eventshow.asp?ProgID=14012
No, not directions, distance…
Source: Free Technology for Teachers
This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy. We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities. So rather than implement this change, we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.
Blog owners should continue to mark any blogs containing sexually explicit content as “adult” so that they can be placed behind an “adult content” warning page.
Bloggers whose content is consistent with this and other policies do not need to make any changes to their blogs.
Thank you for your continued feedback.
The Blogger Team
For those of you that missed it:
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