Today, the staff of Jezebel posted an open letter to its parent company, Gawker Media, detailing the constant barrage of vile messages and graphic images that pop up in the comments sections beneath Jezebel posts, and begging the bosses, who have so far apparently been unmoved, to do something about it. ”For months, an…
“Jezebel's problem speaks to a larger failure in the concept of moderation: In order for a horrific comment to be removed from public view, a staffer has to see it first. Just deleting a vile comment or an abusive account from the internet—which is how Twitter, for example, currently deals with its worst users—doesn't magically erase its effect on its target. Sexist harassment that occurs online isn’t any less tangible than words shouted on the street; as Jezebel’s staffers put it, “We’re here, we’re real, and we matter.” And the problem is compounded in an era when engaging with the masses is part of the online journalist’s job description. The typical advice doled out to female writers—”just don’t read the comments!”—is not a possibility at Gawker, where writers are required to participate in the community section of its publishing platform, Kinja, to interact with readers and find story ideas.”
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This one deserves a “wow.” SAGE Publishers is retracting 60 articles from the Journal of Vibration and Control after an investigation revealed a “peer review and citation ring” involving a professo…
Who knew that ‘peer-review rings’ were a thing? I mean, seriously, how are we supposed to teach the concept of ‘peer-review’ when this crap happens?
In case you were wondering, Salem has a really freaking awesome mayor. This is a very bold move on her part as this contract has been in place for MANY years.
That’s 82 bosses who don’t belong in women’s personal decisions about health care — and since last Monday, the list is only getting longer.