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What If We Changed the Way Content Is Shared?

Matt Murrie | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact
Matt Murrie

In her conversation from the What If... ? Conference last March, Content Community Creator, Audrey Bellis starts out sharing her belief that comment s...

The Disappearing Woman and Life on the Internet

Astra Taylor | Posted 06.10.2014 | Media
Astra Taylor

The Web is regularly hailed for its "openness" and that's where the confusion begins, since "open" in no way means "equal." While the Internet may create space for many voices, it also reflects and often amplifies real-world inequities in striking ways.

Owning What You Think: Why It's Great That HuffPost Is Getting Rid Of Anonymous Comments

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Religion will be positively affected by the Internet to the degree that we own what we think and approach one another via the web with all the same integrity we maintain in our interactions offline.

Cyber-Harassment: What the Online Community Can Do to Stop the Trolls

Jade Walker | Posted 10.15.2013 | Media
Jade Walker

Over the course of my 22 years in journalism, I have been threatened numerous times. Sometimes the subjects of my stories didn't like having their misdeeds aired to the public, and so they lashed out. Sometimes, the people involved were just nuts.

Let's Do Away With Anonymous Posting

Anthony Hatcher | Posted 08.27.2013 | Technology
Anthony Hatcher

The current decline in civil discourse comes from many quarters. People decry the lack of common courtesy in debates large and small. I maintain that anonymity on the Web is one factor in this decline, and if everyone with an opinion to share had to back up that opinion with a signature, there might be more restraint.

Pakistan and the American Learning Curve Part 2

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.23.2011 | World
Ethan Casey

To write on controversial subjects in a way that I consider helpful takes a capacity for keeping one's cool and a willingness to refrain from scoring cheap points. That's no more true of Pakistan than of any other subject.

Humanity Fades in the Comments Section of Deadspin

Stephen Montemayor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Stephen Montemayor

A Deadspin post didn't attempt to make light of the unusual death of a Jets fan. But when one scrolls down to the comment section, humanity quickly fades.