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Internet Trolls

Fighting online trolls with bots

The Conversation US | Posted 01.11.2017 | Technology
The Conversation US

By Saiph Savage, West Virginia University The wonder of internet connectivity can turn into a horror show if the people who use online platforms deci...

A Letter To Drexel University: On The Fiction Of White Genocide And The Danger Of Giving It Life

Jesse Benn | Posted 12.27.2016 | Politics
Jesse Benn

On Christmas Eve Professor George Ciccariello-Maher, of Drexel University, took to Twitter to mock white supremacists and internet trolls--a perfectly...

Why I'll Never Respond to Nasty Comments Again

Galina Nemirovsky | Posted 09.15.2016 | Technology
Galina Nemirovsky

I knew I'd finally "made it" as an Internet writer when I encountered my first barrage of negative comments in response to one of my articles. When I ...

The Tyranny of the Loud

Howard Schweber | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
Howard Schweber

There have been so many nicknames for Donald Drumpf this year. My favorite is "Apocalypse Cheeto." But it occurs to me that none of them captures the ...

Hill Yes. Troll No. A Call for Citizenship.

Rebecca Kraus | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Kraus

Democracy is a team sport, after all. And all of us, even the trolls, need each other from time to time.

What It's Like To Be Harassed Online Every Day As A Feminist

The Huffington Post | Madeline Diamond | Posted 06.25.2016 | Women

As a columnist who covers feminism for The Guardian U.S., Jessica Valenti has experienced it all when it comes to internet trolls. Especially since sh...

How Expertise Dies: Of Character, Credentials, and Crap

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Perhaps no topic better illustrates the enormous gap between knowledge and ignorance, and its profound importance to the ambient understanding of all ...

Response to David Pakman and the Troll Army

Sulome Anderson | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
Sulome Anderson

I've experienced some trolling before, but was unprepared for the level of cruelty and viciousness Pakman's fans -- with his constant encouragement -- have displayed.

I Am Not a Paid Hillary Troll

Clementine Amidon | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Clementine Amidon

The internet is a bizarre, highly-curated universe. Deception abounds -- from false OKCupid profiles, to the Instagram accounts of fake-buttocked, dead-eyed "models" who desperately shill detox teas. Trolling is a sport. Misinformation and lies are a universal truth. Anyone trying to participate online should accept this.

Meet the Chinese Trolls Pumping Out 488 Million Fake Social Media Posts

Foreign Policy | Alexandra Ma | Posted 05.20.2016 | World

They are the most hated group in Chinese cyberspace. They are, to hear their ideological opponents tell it, “fiercely ignorant,” keen to “insert...

Mistake Found on Internet

Marty Rudoy | Posted 05.08.2016 | Comedy
Marty Rudoy

CUPERTINO, CA: Goodyear Satire Company-- The absolute accuracy of all information on the Internet was briefly questioned today when user Henry Sherma...

4 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Start Ranting Online

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 05.03.2016 | OWN

When people get fired up about something, there's one place they typically turn: the Internet. Whether someone spouts off an aggressive Facebook statu...

Syllabus for The School Of Internet Trolls

Kira Jane Buxton | Posted 04.25.2016 | Comedy
Kira Jane Buxton

Course Description The internet is much like your favorite armchair in that it has been taken over by cats and can be broken by Kim Kardashian'...

Dear Mommy Trolls

Aaronica Cole | Posted 04.19.2016 | Parents
Aaronica Cole

As moms, we all struggle in different ways. Whether it's with post-partum depression, balancing motherhood with work, separation anxiety, sleeping, etc. we are all coming to the table with something that we could all use some help with. Instead of lashing out labeling someone as less than a great mother, perhaps kindness is a better option.

Don't Drink the Hater-Aid: Unmasking the Cult of Perfect Parenting

Erin Johnson | Posted 04.14.2016 | Parents
Erin Johnson

What works for us may not work for someone else. It doesn't mean we're right and they're wrong. Why must we always seek to prove or justify the choices we've made raising our kids?

This Is What It's Like To Have A Vagina On The Internet

Hannah Cranston | Posted 12.30.2016 | Women
Hannah Cranston

It shouldn't be my, or any other woman's, responsibility to learn to just cope or go home.

I Made A Feminist Joke On The Internet, And A Lot Of Men Lost Their Minds

Sara Schaefer | Posted 12.17.2016 | Women
Sara Schaefer

Sorry, well-meaning Actually Man, but I don't need your input. These dudes' self-assuredness is hilarious to me. They show up guns blazing to a battle I've already been in for my entire life. It turns out that these men telling me to "man up" are just so incredibly fragile and sad.

Are Ebook Reviews Worth Their Weight in Gigabytes?

Christina Larmer | Posted 12.14.2016 | Books
Christina Larmer

There's been a lot of chatter lately about how a certain ebook website has started legal proceedings against hundreds of 'unidentified' reviewers who ...

The Phil Collins Backlash

Roger Weisman | Posted 11.11.2016 | Entertainment
Roger Weisman

So Phil Collins has been big in the news the past few weeks. Rolling Stone magazine wrote that the former Genesis drummer and mega-selling solo artist would be coming out of retirement. Fans rejoiced, and so did Internet trolls.

My Opinion Doesn't Justify Your Rape Threats

Nora McInerny Purmort | Posted 11.06.2015 | Women
Nora McInerny Purmort

I'm alive and I'm a person. I don't like when a**holes tell me to smile. I don't like being told to be quiet, and I don't like having to turn the other cheek because strangers on the Internet could light me up all day long because they don't like big mean feminists. You don't get to make me afraid.

George Takei's Response To Troll Who Tells Him He 'Sucks' Is Perfect

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Got some ice for that burn? Internet trolls are no match for George Takei, whose sizzling wit left him victorious after a Facebook user attempted to ...

Lack of Pinstripe Pride: CC Sabathia's Rehab Announcement Shows Social Media at its Worst

Jesse Andreozzi | Posted 10.06.2016 | Sports
Jesse Andreozzi

When you belittle Sabathia himself, safe in the anonymity that the Internet provides, you are truly exposing yourself as a disrespectful coward, hating on someone in the midst of making the toughest decision of their life.

Facebook's 'Dislike' Button Will Make it Easier to Online Bully

Diana Graber | Posted 09.22.2016 | Parents
Diana Graber

Maybe it's just me, but these new online communication tools seem entirely unnecessary. After all, trolls, bullies, and haters have being doing just fine with their words.

Is Donald Trump Reading Your Blog?

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.21.2016 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

I've never crossed paths with Donald Trump, but his type is very familiar to me because I grew up in Manhattan. I think of him as a New York Blowhard...

Ukraine's Ministry of Truth -- A Flop of Epic Proportions

Samuel Ramani | Posted 08.03.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

The Kyiv Post reported on July 15, 2015, that Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers had registered draft legislation to establish Ukraine Tomorrow, a state-owned foreign broadcasting company. Ukraine Tomorrow strives to be Ukraine's answer to Russia Today.