This week’s course readings are on Internet trolls. I must live in a bubble because I have never thought about the negative comments and trolling that women go through. Though I am female, I guess I live in a white privileged matriarchal family so have not had to think about it too much. I, of course, sadly see racist comments on Facebook though.
That being said, I get upset at the littlest thing on Facebook. If I post something about teaching and I get a negative or anti-teaching comment back from a relative I get upset. If I post something on Facebook venting about how hard parenting is and then someone tries to give advice then I get upset.
If I read something about the upcoming Saskatchewan election then I get upset.
If I make the mistake of reading the comments after a news article then I get upset. (Like I said I live in a bubble so I thought this was the worst it got…)
I can’t even imagine what my reaction would be to some of the hateful comments that others have received.
The John Oliver video that we viewed for class this week does a good job of explaining Online Harassment:
I found this article about not reading the comments: “Don’t read the comments”: The trolls, racists and abusers won — reasonable online feedback is a thing of the distant past where the author talks about the abuse that female on line writers suffer. I must admit that I was barely aware of the word misogynist before this class. I also had to look up what doxing meant.
How are we going to protect our students from these sorts of comments?