Archive for December, 2014

Anonymity and Forced Identity: On Real ID

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Arguing on the internet is like trying to give a cat a bath. Whenever you finally seem to have someone cornered with evidence and superior reasoning, they somehow squirm out and reset the stand-off as if nothing had just occurred. We’ve all experienced that frustration of “winning” an e-debate only to realize that, since it’s on the internet, no one ever has to admit they were wrong. They simply move on, more often than not restarting the same argument hours or days later. It’s intensely frustrating for people who don’t understand that there’s no winning beyond appreciating the rush of the in-the-moment zing against some nasty internet troll. With that in mind, I understand the temptation to demand a way to hold people accountable for what they do and say online.

Leveling Up or Leveling Down: Two Approaches to Outrage Culture

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Allum Bokhari is a political consultant, freelance writer, and former Parliamentary intern. He received his B.A. in History and Politics from the University of Oxford in 2013. He also wrote a pretty neat article about GamerGate for TechCrunch.

1966 was a notable year in the cultural history of the 20th century. It was the year in which the legendary musician Bob Dylan, a notoriously reluctant figurehead of the counterculture movement, announced his retirement from touring.

Always uncomfortable with his position as a hero of the counterculture, and in recovery after a motorcycle accident, Dylan wanted to escape fame and go underground. So as the location for his retirement, he settled on Woodstock – a small, unknown hamlet in upstate New York.