One Solution for Online Haters

Thank you all for a great debate, which was nicely argued by both sides.  It’s always good when people actually reconsider positions from listening to a debate, and that was what happened today.   So thank you to both sides.


And here’s another way of dealing with nasty online racist comments: turning them into billboards near the homes of  the people who posted them.   That’s what one Brazilian group, Criola, has done.

“Those people [who post abuse online] think they can sit in the comfort of their homes and do whatever they want on the Internet. We don’t let that happen. They can’t hide from us, we will find them,” Criola founder Jurema Werneck tells the BBC.

Here’s a short film about what happened.

Also this week, there was a backlash against the behaviour of some media, who live-streamed their entry into the house of those suspected of the San Bernadino shooting, picking things up and showing them to the camera.


This led to the meme of the week, #MuslimApartment, as written about by NPR.  Poynter’s advice was yes, go into the apartment, but no, don’t livestream it.

The deadline for final projects is Wednesday’s class.   Come prepared to give a 5-minute presentation, where you will tell the class briefly about your project and your findings.

Online Comments Do More Harm Than Good

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The motion of our debate during Monday’s class will be “Online Comment Sections Do More Harm Than Good”.   Arguing for the motion will be Stacy Bubes, Allie Williams and Sydney Sakwa.   Arguing against the motion will be Molly Eisner, Melissa Schoenfeld and Jacob Karafa.   The two teams can decide themselves which order they will speak in.

Each speaker will have five minutes. Everyone else must write 400-word blogposts taking a position on this issue and ask a question during the debate.

Five-minute presentations on your final projects will be on Dec 9th and Dec 145h.