Of trolls, hate, and tolerance

Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.

—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

You’d do best to set an alarm on your phone to remind you to re-read Erin Kissane’s How to Kill a Troll every couple of weeks.In her post, she outlines the plight of female, online innovators who face endless threats, hate mail and harassment (from almost exclusively men) by simply putting themselves out there . Anita Sarkeesian, the subject, of the post is just one example.

My key take-away was what to do as a ‘bystander’. As Kissane says,

The majority of gamers are neither participating in the attacks on Anita Sarkeesian nor commenting in her support. They are standing idly by.

In short, she suggests that we not simply stand by,

When people in your community express disagreement via threats and harassment, they make your entire group look like whiny, pathetic losers. You don’t have to write a big squishy essay to draw the line. All you have to do is take 30 seconds to note that harassment and stalking is wrong and doesn’t represent your community—and then let the idiot fringe drown itself in its own impotent squealing.

The anonymity of the internet is no excuse for being the bully nor the by-stander.


Marina Keegan and The Opposite of Loneliness

I plan on having parties when I’m 30. I plan on having fun when I’m old. Any notion of THE BEST years comes from clichéd “should haves…” “if I’d…” “wish I’d…

A heartbreaking, beautiful and stunningly powerful reflection from Marina Keegan, a student from Yale’s graduating class of 2012. In it she makes compelling arguments for why we should write more, talk more, party more, love more, care more, and, generally, live more. Reading it is almost guaranteed to make you cry, but read it you should must.

—Marina Keegan, The Opposite of Loneliness

NYT’s David Carr On Skills for New Journalists

I tell them that they should make stuff. The tools of production are at hand for everyone. I used to hire a lot of young people when I was the editor of Washington City Paper, and you used to have them show you the clips and see where else you worked. Show me what you’ve made with your own bare little hands. That, I think, is super important. People say, “You should’ve been here for the good old days.” I think that’s crazy. Yeah, it’s a little harder, but you have so many more tools at your disposal to story-tell. It’s cool to be in a business where you still learn. You don’t have to be able to code yourself, but you have to know what coding is. You should be able to work in Final Cut Pro. WordPress should be second-nature. I think, in generational terms, being able to produce and consume content at the same time.

Great perspective on the new set of required skills for young journalists. Being able to cut your own video, and knowing WordPress so well that it’s ‘second-nature’ are interesting foundations for self-sufficiency in journalism and media today.

—via Talking Points Memo

Three Challenges facing Apple

I’ll pay you money if you provide me content I’d like to enjoy.

A fantastic accounting of the challenges facing Apple these days. Everyone I know who uses iTunes hates it, and most of the TV watchers I know use Netflix almost exclusively. Apple is certainly at the top of their game, but these holes need to be plugged asap.

Don’t miss the rest over at KickingBear.