the Week of July 20, 2015
In this issue, read new articles on addiction in tech, the failures of games moderation, and anti-black violence and media consumption. We explore social media activism in the Native American community, and discuss how new and emerging groups are building safe spaces online. Plus, a new approach to tech’s “pipeline problem,” and crime and punishment on major Internet platforms. Photo CC-BY Martin Pettitt, cropped & filtered.
How Niche Sites are Building Safe Spaces and Better Communities
I spoke to the founders and editors of Femsplain, CirclePlus.co, Black Girl Nerds, Thurst and Autostraddle to find out what it takes to create safe spaces online.
Word Warriors: Fight For Your Rights
In the wipe of rights to our ancestral homelands and the realization that a country we call home doesn’t understand our sovereignty, social media has played a huge role in igniting movements that bring awareness and positive change.
Privilege and Rules in Online Play: Institutional Failures of the Video Game Industry
Simply telling people to use the ignore function is not going to curtail decades-long problems in video games communities.
Re-Recruit From the Leaky Pipeline
How did we become so invisible, irrecoverable stats in dreary headline after dreary headline? And what would be possible if we weren’t?
Trauma and Spectacle: Antiblack Violence and Media
The subjugation of Black people will never end until white people confront their desire to see Black bodies suffer.
The UX of Alcohol Abuse: Reflections on a Year of Sobriety
A cautionary tale to individuals and organizations, a call to action to be more proactive against alcohol abuse, and the start of a dialogue within our community.
This issue is made possible in part by some of our generous readers: Christina Morillo, Christian Müller, Elea Chang, Cate Huston, Fiona Tay and Dylan Staley.