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Whitney Phillips
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Whitney Phillips May 23
Replying to @jaredbkeller @DKThomp
This is nice! But, my first thought was a sheepish "but he pinged me a twitter thing the other day and I was driving cross country and couldn't respond right away and then I forgot, what a monster" --but thank you, with my apologies
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Whitney Phillips May 23
Replying to @DKThomp
It was so great to chat, thank you!!
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Whitney Phillips May 17
Hey thank you! I'd add and 's work on media manipulation to the list, too
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Whitney Phillips May 4
Replying to @bri_provenzano
And the result is often to confuse symptom with causality. It’s not that there’s white supremacy because we have 8chan. There’s 8chan because we have white supremacy
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Whitney Phillips May 4
Replying to @bri_provenzano
I was thinking about this earlier, and the metaphor that kept coming back was that, thinking of the overall news story, 8chan is certainly an ornament on the tree. But in explainer-type stories it tends to be framed as if it WAS the tree
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Whitney Phillips May 3
Replying to @ben_pettis_
Laying that out helps us all understand that the tight-chestedness and low level (and often high level) anxiety and general malaise isn't a sign that we're weak or failing to keep our shit together. It means we are doing a hard job & need to remember to support each other
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Whitney Phillips May 3
Replying to @ben_pettis_
This is actually why I decided to do the interview, despite my reservations of publicizing ya know my constant crushing inner turmoil stuff. Those experiences/feelings aren't unique, they are the NORM. People who do this work walk a very tricky line and it takes a toll
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Whitney Phillips May 3
Hi!!!
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Whitney Phillips May 3
I think it's curious/interesting/eyebrow raising, generally, that the overwhelming feminist/female contribution to the discussions isn't more common knowledge. It's actually pretty remarkable what women have done w/i the field, especially given the constant threats we all face..
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Whitney Phillips May 2
You've helped me in my being a human being!!
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Whitney Phillips May 2
I've since written an autoethnographic account of all that-- I'd say that's the thing that's kept my eye on the prize this whole time. This embodied understanding of violence, in a way I hadn't before
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Whitney Phillips May 2
I started the troll stuff back in 2008 but by 2012 the project took a strong feminist turn-- started because, as I was working on the diss, I was raped/abused in my relationship & that helped shift my line of sight to other forms of violence. I couldn't unsee it
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Whitney Phillips May 2
Replying to @mckelveyf
You are nice
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Whitney Phillips May 2
Yeah from the very beginning of troll-type/harassment research, women have always been a supermajority in the field, with extremely strong voices (100 hats off to and ). Not sure what accounts for those numbers, but it's always been an intriguing question
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Whitney Phillips May 2
So much ❤️❤️❤️ to you!
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Whitney Phillips May 2
Here's the thing: showing vulnerability, which is to say, refusing to cast off your own heart when you know what weapons are pointing at it, is the thing that makes YOU a hero. Vulnerability, remaining human(e), giving a shit- that's strength. Pointing weapons at hearts is not.
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Whitney Phillips May 2
Replying to @TXRhetorician
This is kind, thank you-- we're all in this together, in the end
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Whitney Phillips May 2
Replying to @heatherswoods
That's exactly the tension! Sharing and solidarity and all of it is critical (and appreciated, thank you), and, all the tools of connection are also exactly what fuels bad actors' attacks. It's a challenge just figuring out where the ground is-- let alone what it means to help
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Whitney Phillips May 2
This is appreciated, thank you!
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Whitney Phillips May 2
Yes thank you very kindly! I'm so fortunate to be among such good company
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