Twitter for Dummies

I’ve written on the topic of misunderstanding Twitter before, but that post focused only on those pesky legal issues that were causing so much confusion. Things like how Twitter only stated in plain English on their ToS (in highlighted text) that tweets were public, rather than, say, beating new users over the head with a [Read More]

I’ll Just Leave This Here…

Just a short post. I’m currently reading a book titled The Science of the Discworld IV (I highly recommend the series), and I just came across a passage that I thought you (the people who are likely to see this post) might find relevant. That kind of thinking is said to be analytic. It may not [Read More]

“The Making Of” That Infographic

This is not an op-ed, blog post, or editorial. I warn you now, this will be neither interesting nor an ‘easy read’. It is purely to explain how I got the information for the infographic I recently shared. I’ll try to make this as painless as possible, but no promises. There have already been claims [Read More]

ElevatorGATE, Storify and AnaMardoll

This is a response to a request for interview from Kelly Diels of Salon.com: Hello, I’m so pleased you’re considering commenting on the story. There are two ways we could conduct an interview. 1) By Skype or phone. No video, but I record and transcribe the call to ensure I’m quoting you accurately. 2) By [Read More]

For the rain it raineth every day

I recently had a tweet brought to my attention via somebody I follow on twitter. The tweet reads: “Is it just me or is the use of rape imagery in these minicab calling cards a tad bit inappropriate?” The card this person is referring to is this (click for larger version): It’s a mailshot advertising [Read More]

Understanding Twitter

Abusive behaviour on social networking platforms—specifically Twitter—has been a hot topic lately. From the abuse Caroline Criado-Perez received, and Caitlin Moran’s #twittersilence campaign, to the recent BBC Newsnight piece that’s caused such a stir among those that it wrongfully labelled as “abusive”. The cause of all this talk, that is, the abuse that people receive [Read More]

The BBC Newsnight Debacle (Block_Bot)

Let’s get some back story. Following the harassment that Caroline Criad0-Perez received, BBC’s Newsnight program did a piece on Twitter abuse. Here is said piece.     If you’re at all familiar with Atheism+ (but not indoctrinated), you probably won’t be surprised to find that a number of people who have been placed on the [Read More]

Feminist-on-Racist Violence

Update: I’ve since spoken to Ellen, and she claims that she not only expected the man mentioned in the story to try and hit her, but that he did attempt to hit her (tweet). Obviously (well, obvious if you’ve read the post), if Ellen is being truthful, this invalidates the example that the post is based [Read More]

#FBrape: Tying Up the Loose Ends

Censorship is always a tricky subject when it comes to the Internet. The lines can get so blurred that deciphering where one side ends and the other begins is like trying to see the boat in one of those Magic Eye pictures from the nineties. Every now and again, however, something brings this prickly issue [Read More]