…ffect of online abuse is to silence members of these communities. Allowing abuse hurts free speech. Communities that allow abusers to dominate conversation don’t just silence marginalized people, they also drive away any reasonable or thoughtful person who’s put off by that hostile environment. Common sense tells us that more people will feel free to express themselves in an environment where…
If I could, I would not just highlight this, but double the size (triple, maybe) and then make it boldface and THEN highlight it. In neon yellow.
Life is too short to feed the trolls daily. The communities that ignore the abundant vitriol aren’t unaware. Quite the opposite. They know it fuels clicks, which fuels their bottom line and as a business model, I find it deplorable.
Have you read the book Extreme Mean? An excellent read, by the way, on the same topic.
Great article. Thanks!