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Whitney Phillips
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Whitney Phillips Aug 14
Replying to @GoastCrab
Haha I was going to say, I didn't *think* you've been married ten years! But I met her probably ....between 6 and 10 years ago (I can't even remember where? Your sister's house three houses ago?) and can barely remember my own birthday, so...
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Whitney Phillips Aug 14
Replying to @jaredbkeller
This, with some way to also visualize that hate isn't an idle threat; it doesn't just stand there in the streets looking pathetic... (& thanks for the ping here Jared!)
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Whitney Phillips Aug 14
Replying to @GoastCrab
And it's also depressing, so big sigh there, but again thanks for sharing this and also damn congrats on the ten years of marriage thing, how are we old enough for that?? Last I remember I was 12, cacking with your sister in your parents' house wearing a Santa's hat in July
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Whitney Phillips Aug 14
Replying to @GoastCrab
It's so interesting to hear this! Thanks for telling me-- & the thing is, it's so easy to end up with certain kinds of blinders online, in large part because social media set people up not to have to see/engage with certain things. Shifts in perspective are hard & I respect that
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Whitney Phillips Aug 13
Replying to @GoastCrab
The whole issue (speaking broadly) is so vexing-- if it were as simple as people NOT having access to the truth, intervention would be easy. Just say the truth louder! But if it's that people don't trust the messenger, or interpret true facts as harmful propaganda, what then?
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Whitney Phillips Aug 13
Replying to @alicetiara
Challenges that has also laid out here
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Whitney Phillips Aug 13
This is a great article, and also does a thoughtful job laying out challenges to traditional media literacy ie fact checking isn’t just not enough, it might make things WORSE
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Whitney Phillips Aug 12
Replying to @wphillips49
I discuss de-centering the ideology of hate & replacing it with what hate does to actual people in their everyday lives every single day of the year in this best practices guide, which I wrote with everyday citizens in mind, in addition to journalists
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Whitney Phillips Aug 12
Replying to @wphillips49
So listen to & support to the people who live in neighborhoods with the marchers; the people whose kids go to school with the marchers' kids; the people whose safety & human dignity is being threatened by the marchers, not just in DC but around the country. That's the story.
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Whitney Phillips Aug 12
Today we all --journalists and everyday citizens of goodwill-- need to remember that the people who matter most in this are the people who are impacted most by this. Framings should center on the people targeted & dehumanized by the marchers, not the marchers themselves.
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Whitney Phillips Aug 12
Replying to @StevilleJanae
Everyone has a role to play in this, yes-- many of my respondents in the Oxygen report warned journalists and citizens alike against approaching white supremacists as "entertaining boogeymen." They warrant being turned away from, not being turned TO
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Whitney Phillips Aug 11
Replying to @dangillmor
Thank you very much for posting this link, from me & also on behalf of all the awesome dedicated people at D&S who helped make the report happen!
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Whitney Phillips Aug 11
That's such a critical, vexing point-- my response to the question "should they ban him or not ban him?" has been....."they shouldn't have been complicit in helping amass such a huge following to begin with," which doesn't answer the question as much as establish a path forward
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Whitney Phillips Aug 11
Hey thanks for the mention here! I'm hopeful it's helpful this weekend...
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Whitney Phillips Aug 11
Replying to @daniellecitron
You are kind and thank you and everything about this weekend worries me...
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Whitney Phillips Aug 11
Replying to @kelsonanderson @NPR
This is very much appreciated, thank you!
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Whitney Phillips Aug 11
Hello to you both! and have both done great work in this specific area, and I'm stoked for this reference myself, so thank you! (I'll also be undertaking a new project that addresses your last point about empathy, so more on that soon!)
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Whitney Phillips Aug 11
Replying to @TonyaJoRiley
Sorry slow reply, I was traveling--- thanks for sending along, this made my jaw drop and for the record I would LOVE to talk with them if anyone out there is from there!
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Whitney Phillips Aug 10
And it's here where an ethical reckoning might align with corporate interests-- these companies will move if the public demands it. It might not be change for the "right" reasons, but it's also...the marketplace of ideas at work (how's that for free speech)
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Whitney Phillips Aug 10
In some cases I think it's both-- you have people with a vested financial interest in maximizing speech, coupled with a personal ideology born of privilege i.e. not only will they benefit financially from more speech, they won't personally be HARMED by that speech
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