miss_s_b: (Who: Maxil (pillock))
There's a simple reason for that: twitter's misogyny problem is society's misogyny problem. The only way to solve it is to make misogyny have worse consequences than non-misogyny. This is not going to happen any time soon.

The current furore has arisen over a(nother) high profile lady being shocked at the level of abuse women who dare to speak out against misogyny get heaped upon them. Why is anybody still surprised by this? Hell if I know. More saliently, why is anyone still daft enough to blame the medium? Before twitter there were forums, usenet, anonymous phone calls, poison pen letters... probably cave paintings, in which some insecure lonely arse decided that the best way to make himelf feel powerful was to belittle someone else. Humanity has been dealing with hurtful communication since communication began. If "stop communicating" was the answer, it probably would have worked by now.

The problem with the suggested solution is that, like Cameron's porn block, it's not a solution but a sweeping under the carpet. Reporting an abuse to twitter, even if it worked as the people suggesting it hope it might, will not change the mind of the misogynist, nor show him the error of his ways. It merely pushes the problem out of sight, off twitter. It won't stop the misogynist finding other outlets for his poison - email, say, or letters.

Say twitter DID install a "report abuse" button. They're not going to have moderators look at every report, they can't afford the staff. So what will happen is they will set a number, like they have for report spam, when if x number of people report it, the account gets suspended. Now, if you're a troll who is trying to upset someone, all you will do at that point is set up another account. You won't have used an account you are attached to for the trolling because you'll know it could get suspended. The other thing a troll could do is set up multiple accounts, and simply click "report abuse" on every one of the target's tweets until THEIR account, which they are likely much more attached to, gets suspended. You see the thing about trolls is, they see it as a game. Put a challenge in front of them, and it's just another level to work out how to get through.

A report abuse button which is easy to click on is easy to click on for EVERYBODY, not just those who are genuinely being abused. So the EDL will probably click on it for the English Disco Lovers. And homophobes will click on it on the accounts of gay people. And TERFs will click on it on the accounts of transfolk.

If you want to actually stop people being abusive arseholes, making twitter install a report abuse button is not going to do the trick, and will have all sorts of nasty unintended consequences. What MIGHT do the trick is the sort of real world consequences which fell on the head of Paul Chambers after the twitter joke trial, but even that, I would suggest, is a road we do not want to go down. The rozzers would swiftly be snowed under if every abusive tweet were reported and our justice system is already creaking after this government's "reforms".

No, I'm afraid the only solution is to make this kind of behaviour socially unacceptable among the peers these idiots are trying to impress. And that's not easy, and it will take effort from all of us. I'll not be holding my breath.
miss_s_b: (Mood: Laughter)
A conversation on twitter regarding THAT Ed Balls link descended into discussion of the solitary Lib Dem mentioned in the list, one D Alexander:
jpshaddock 18:04
@stackee @AAEmmerson @miss_s_b I'm not sure I'd want to know, either way. Though I'm sure Danny is a considerate lover

miss_s_b 18:05
@jpshaddock even if he's not I'd happily raid his record collection. @stackee @AAEmmerson

stackee 18:06
@miss_s_b @jpshaddock @AAEmmerson Please tell me that's not a euphemism...

jpshaddock 18:07
@stackee Stace, what could that even be a euphemism for? Then again, it is Jennie @miss_s_b @AAEmmerson
I believe my work here is done LMAO
miss_s_b: (Mood:J'accuse)
I'm composing this on my phone so it's going to be quick and dirty, but I have the following things to say:

1, asking someone to consider what impact their words will have is not censoring them or banning anything
2; being told you have hurt someone is not fun; but it's better than hurting people
3, people with privilege are used to not considering other people's feelings and get upset when they are asked to consider other people. On one level this is understandable because considering other people is work. But it's nowhere near as much work as living with total lack of consideration all the time.
4, if you use a word that upsets people without knowing it will upset people that is qualitatively different from knowing it will upset people and using it anyway.
5, you are perfectly free to say whatever you like BUT THAT IS NOT THE END OF IT. Once you have said what you like other people are free to react how they like and judge you how they like in consequence of what you have said.
6; there is NO point 6
7, All words cause reactions. If you don't like the reaction your words cause it might behove you to consider your words more carefully in future, especially if you're getting paid for writing them; rather than railing at people you have upset for reacting in am entirely predictable way.

This post brought to you by today's twitter storm. Further reading:

http://www.sarahlizzy.com/blog/?p=150
miss_s_b: DreamSheep/Matrix icon (DreamSheep: Matrix)
So you're following me on twitter. I've not tweeted "I am feeling X" but you're sensing a definite pattern and you think you might have detected my mood. If you suspect I might be in a bad mood you might be wondering if I might snap your head off if you talk to me - I do try not to do this, but it does occasionally happen despite my best efforts.

This post will give you some pointers. If my last five tweets are predominantly or exclusively filled with certain things you can draw certain conclusions:
  1. Voluble
    Example tweets: Lots of random things in quick succession on various subjects
    Mood this points to: I am bored and want someone to talk to.
    Appropriate response: tweet @replies at me, about one of the random things I have posted about, or anything else.

  2. Blogging
    Example tweets: "Jennie posted x to y blog" (except for "The Blood is the Life", which posts automatically every morning. If you see THAT one it's not an indicator of anything, except that I found stuff interesting enough to save the links for autoposting the morning after).
    Mood this points to: I am feeling mentally well enough to blog. If it's a happy blog post this takes less mental wellness than if it's an angry blog post - I'll only post angrily if I'm feeling well enough to take the backlash. If I've posted in righteous anger this usually means I am feeling pretty mentally strong, so although not in a good mood exactly, I am likely to be able to interact sensibly.
    Appropriate response: tweet @replies at me, or even better, comment on the blog post.

  3. Retweet Demon
    Example tweets: lots of retweets of other people's political stuff
    Mood this points to: I am busy - either working or doing GT - and may not be able to respond if you tweet @me.
    Appropriate response: Whatever you like. If you want to interact, tweet an @reply. I will get to it eventually.

  4. Sweary
    Example tweets: tweets with an uptick in swear rate.
    Mood this points to: I am getting annoyed either by something online or in real life.
    Appropriate response:Use caution.

  5. Fragile
    Example tweets: Lots of pictures of old horror movie stars/Colin Baker/members of bands I like being pinned to pinterest.
    Mood this points to: I am feeling embattled and am clinging to comforting things.
    Appropriate response: talk to me about things I love being awesome. When I pin ten pictures of Christopher Lee in a row, that's equivalent to "VALIDATE ME! I AM NEEDY!".

  6. Nothing
    Example tweet: I haven't posted for several hours, or even days.
    Mood this points to: Either I am asleep, or I am having a twoliday. If I am having a twoliday it's usually because I am REALLY depressed and can't trust myself to interact without biting people's heads off.
    Appropriate response: if you know me well enough to have my mobile number gentle texting is fine. Everyone else is probably best leaving me alone - I'll only guilt-trip myself for having a twoliday if I come back to lots of concerned @replies.
Of course, this post doesn't cover every eventuality, but I hope it gives some pointers. Any of you lot have any dead giveaway tweet patterns?
miss_s_b: (Mood: Wrong!)
- Tapjoy, a rip-off merchant embedded in in-app advertising, who have somehow managed to convince big companies like Tesco and Cineworld that they are not, in fact, rip-off merchants.

- Whoever does the customer services for my former favourite podcast app Pocket Casts, who seems to think that talking to irate paying customers like they are fuckwits is the ideal way to pour oil on troubled waters.

- People defending George Osborne and the Daily Mail for their disgusting extrapolation of the behaviour of one evil man to the entire group of people who claim benefits, whether in work or not.

- People mindlessly slagging off Colin Baker, from those who saw his picture with JNT on the front of the papers and now think he's Jimmy Saville in a garish coat; to those who refer to him dismissively as "Fat Colin" as if this somehow encapsulates AND validates their opinion that he's rubbish; to those who use The Twin Dilemma as shorthand for "Doctor Who which is unarguably crap", and then get passive-aggressive at me for deciding that means we're unlikely to come to agreement and therefore it's not worth engaging.

- People who think that I am an evil hater of the poor because I haven't resigned from the Lib Dems yet. I fucking AM the poor, and I'm trying to do something about it! Yes, the Lib Dems aren't perfect, but they're the least awful of a whole lot of bloody awful options.

- party political tribalism, and feeling myself getting sucked into it, and then having the knee-jerk response "but some of my best friends are Tories/Labourites/Greens/Pirates/Kippers", and then hating myself for it.

- Richard Dawkins, and people who hate Richard Dawkins, who as far as I can see are both as bad as each other for dogma, straw men, and refusing to consider that the other side might have a point.

- The Daily Mail, and people who believe their nasty bullshit, in general.

To find something on the internet which has made me really happy, I have to go back to Monday (we're getting ZYGONS! YAY!). This is a worrying thing. The other worrying thing is that all bar one of these things which have pissed me off have happened, at least to some extent, on twitter. I love twitter. I love the facility it gives one for quick and easy interaction, and its usefulness for news gathering. But if it is doing more harm than good to my mental state, which it most assuredly does on depressing news days (and we're getting a lot more depressing news days than not at the moment), perhaps it's worth taking a twoliday for a while...
miss_s_b: (Who: Evelyn)
I've seen a couple of people tweeting about how to manage twitter and stop it from becoming a time sink recently - possibly because it's new year and there are resolutions going on. It's a genuine (first world) problem. If you follow back everyone who follows you your timeline quickly becomes unmanageable. But if you don't follow back won't they be offended? And then there's all the celebs/journos/etc.

My twitter feed is reasonably tight. Here's how I do it:
  1. I don't backread further than the first load of my homescreen. Ever. Twitter is something for NOW.

  2. I don't track or care who follows me. If you follow me, I won't notice unless you talk to me.

  3. I always check my @ replies before my home screen, and regularly throughout the day, and am happy to talk to people I am not following.

  4. I only follow people who tweet consistently interestingly, and don't pay any attention to whether or not they are following me. If you're a nice-but-dull person then sorry, but I won't fill my timeline with your tweets.

  5. If someone posts something on my homescreen that annoys or offends me I unfollow them. Even if they are someone I generally admire.

  6. If someone spams me or is consistently annoying/offensive in @ replies then I block them - sometimes only on a temporary basis if they just won't shut up about something we disagree on and I have no spoons.

  7. Once a month or so I use Manage Flitter to clear out inactives and/or people I had a fad for a few months ago that I am no longer interested in (last year's contestants on The Voice, for example).
So you can see that the people I talk to on twitter and the people I follow on twitter are two overlapping but distinct groups. I don't think I miss much, because people who post consistently interestingly are bound to get retweeted, so I pick them up eventually. Also, there's no real pattern to the people I follow, other than that I find them interesting: there's politicos and journos, musicians, artists, sciencey tweeps, young folk, old folk... your job or your age or your gender or any other attribute doesn't really matter, as long as you are interesting.

Oh, one other thing: I absolutely do not and never will get offended by people not following me back. Just because I am interested in what you have to say does not mean I will assume that you are interested in what I have to say. If you're not following me then I need to try harder to be interesting.

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