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Whitney Phillips
Incoming Asst Prof in Comm, Culture & Digital Technologies at // book on trolls // The Ambivalent Internet w
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Whitney Phillips Jun 19
Replying to @AnubhaUsha
Oh, that is kind-- thanks for reading, and to everyone who sounding boarded-ed/edited/commented/all of it!
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Whitney Phillips Jun 15
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
...with reporters increasingly in the position of having to contend with manipulation that has, through the feedback process, become an actual story. In turn catalyzing/incentivizing further snowballing manipulation, round and round and round
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Whitney Phillips Jun 15
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
In my 2015 troll book (in reference to subcultural trolling behaviors from 2007-2014) I describe this process as a "cybernetic feedback loop predicated on sensationalism"-- something extremists have become increasingly skilled at gaming
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Whitney Phillips Jun 11
Thank you all, I had a great time chatting! Can't wait for the episode to come out!
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Whitney Phillips Jun 8
Replying to @GSipley @uoregon
Oh this is kind-- thank you for reading and for your support, it means a lot & I am sending good thoughts your way!
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Whitney Phillips Jun 8
Journalists, please do not amplify any of the ugly jokes or heartless comments about Bourdain's death that may emerge. Even to condemn. Disaster humor has a long history; social + news media makes it much worse. And the stakes w suicide are especially high
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Whitney Phillips Jun 7
Replying to @triciawang
Thanks for reading! If I was writing it today I'd shift/strengthen some of that language given what's happened in these last 5 years (sheesh!), but certainly stand behind the basic reasons I oppose(d) the "don't feed the trolls" logic
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Whitney Phillips Jun 7
Replying to @xuhulk
You are kind, thank you, and it was actually strange reading that article all these years later-- in many ways the landscape FEELS like it changed dramatically, and in many ways it did, but that water has been boiling/toxic (take your pick) for a long, long time...
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Whitney Phillips Jun 7
Replying to @str1cken @xuhulk and 2 others
& there I'm also trying to show how early trolling stuff (including the ways things were different in, say, 2009) feeds right into present far right extremism, and not in the way you might expect
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Whitney Phillips Jun 7
Replying to @xuhulk
Yes, though even before that happened, I still thought it was wildly problematic:
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Whitney Phillips Jun 6
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
Or if not innocence, then credulity... (and mine is more of an agnostic position-- it's difficult to know what's motivating online actors, so instead of telling a story you can't verify, focus on the political and personal impact of a behavior, which you can)
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Whitney Phillips Jun 6
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
Focus on the impact of the attacks, yes & always-- for one thing, that's a thing we can know for sure. But abusers' motives? We often can't verify them, making the resulting narratives that much more open to manipulation efforts
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Whitney Phillips Jun 6
Replying to @jayrosen_nyu
My Q when I see such reports is how, exactly, do we know that attacks from "both sides" are equally sincere/good faith? There's a LONG history of manipulators posing as liberals to mock/undermine the left. An attack isn't necessarily an argument or ideology, it's often a trick
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Whitney Phillips Jun 5
Replying to @lamthuyvo @zeynep and 4 others
That is amazing company to be in! Thank you & to everyone listed for the great work you're doing!
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Whitney Phillips Jun 5
Replying to @dyobs
Thank you for reading, & the share!
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Whitney Phillips Jun 4
Replying to @MoustacheClubUS
I appreciate the kind words here...and yes, there's been some damn it WHY coverage this week for sure. But in terms of the report, I've been surprised by the response & number of shares and maybe some of it will trickle up/start a broader conversation, least that's the hope!
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Whitney Phillips Jun 3
(which is also where the overlap between social media and the news media i.e. the folkloric and the formal/institutional is most potent & world-building)
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Whitney Phillips Jun 3
And now makes me wish I could update with an entire section on the dark art and memetic science of "whataboutism"
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Whitney Phillips Jun 1
This is awesome! And thank you!!
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Whitney Phillips Jun 1
It sure is! On one hand, the editorial stance is clear, which is good. BUT the abuser is still the star of the story, her hateful messages are repeated verbatim, it advertises her projects/chosen targets and there's little focus on the embodied impact of this sort of hate
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