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Rick And Morty’s worst fans don’t deserve Rick And Morty
It really bothers me that most of the t-shirts I've seen are clearly aimed at people who want to be Rick.
tv  fandom  fail  abuse 
yesterday by andrewducker
Sitcom kids therapy
Bart Simpson, Chris Griffin, and Bobby Hill as adults
comic  abuse 
yesterday by shusta
Truth in Jest? | Hazlitt
The allegations she’s referring to are vague (Notaro herself said she hasn’t spoken to C.K. in a year and a half due to “an incident”), but about once every year or so, they resurface. The Daily Beast does a good job of summarizing them, but in a nutshell, there were two Gawker posts (a blind item in 2012 and one that named him in 2015) that claimed C.K. had a history of harassing and assaulting women, most notably by masturbating in front of them without their consent. In 2015, on her podcast, the comedian Jen Kirkman talked about her experiences with someone who was almost certainly C.K., calling him a “known perv” who “didn’t rape me, but he made a certain difficult decision to go on tour with him really hard.” She quickly deleted it, later saying that she had put the whole thing behind her. (Roseanne Barr also brought up the rumours in an interview last summer, but said she didn’t have any firsthand knowledge.) 
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10 days ago by craniac
Snacks, fags and booze: Scotland's triple health challenge | Holyrood Magazine
Obesity is linked to 13 types of cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and strokes, with obesity-related illnesses costing Scotland approximately £4.6bn. The annual cost of type 2 diabetes alone to NHS Scotland is £800m.

Obesity is now the second biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking and Cancer Research UK has warned that Scotland is in the grip of an obesity epidemic, with Scots consuming 110 tonnes of sugar a day, fuelled by promotions on unhealthy foods. [...] experts have concluded that only a change in diet can tackle Scotland’s weight problems. [...] “obesogenic environment” &! advocacy for nanny state - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/15/cookery-courses-obese-people-smoking-nanny-state-eating &! https://www.holyrood.com/articles/inside-politics/health-health-workforce-conversation-stopper
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10 days ago by asterisk2a
From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones
An interesting one. Redemption is something I find fascinating, and something I can see people really struggling with here.
usa  crime  phd  abuse  mother  murder 
10 days ago by andrewducker
Study finds Reddit’s controversial ban of its most toxic subreddits actually worked • TechCrunch
Devin Coldewey:
<p>It’s an example of one of the objections made to the idea of banning troublesome users or communities: they’ll just go elsewhere, so why bother?

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology took this question seriously, as until someone actually investigates whether such bans are helpful, harmful or some mix thereof, it’s all speculation. So they took a major corpus of Reddit data (compiled by PushShift.io) and <a href="http://comp.social.gatech.edu/papers/cscw18-chand-hate.pdf">examined exactly what happened to the hate speech and purveyors thereo</a>f, with the two aforementioned subreddits as case studies.

Essentially they looked at the thousands of users that made up CT and FPH (as they call them) and quantified their hate speech usage. They then compared this pre-ban data to the same users post-ban: how much hate speech they produced, where they “migrated” to (i.e. duplicate subreddits, related ones, etc.) and whether “invaded” subreddits experienced spikes in hate speech as a result. Control groups were created by observing the activity of similar subreddits that weren’t banned.

What they found was encouraging for this strategy of reducing unwanted activity on a site like Reddit:

• Post-ban, hate speech by the same users was reduced by as much as 80-90 percent.<br />• Members of banned communities left Reddit at significantly higher rates than control groups.<br />• Migration was common, both to similar subreddits (i.e. overtly racist ones) and tangentially related ones (r/The_Donald).<br />• However, within those communities, hate speech did not reliably increase, although there were slight bumps as the invaders encountered and tested new rules and moderators.

All in all, the researchers conclude, the ban was quite effective at what it set out to do…</p>


Encouraging.
abuse  reddit  toxic 
12 days ago by charlesarthur
The Immortal Myths About Online Abuse – Humane Tech – Medium
After building online communities for two decades, we’ve learned how to fight abuse. It’s a solvable problem. We just have to stop repeating the same myths as excuses not to fix things.


Here are the 8 myths Anil Dash picks out:

1. False: You can’t fix abusive behavior online.

2. False: Fighting abuse hurts free speech!

3. False: Software can detect abuse using simple rules.

4. False: Most people say “abuse” when they just mean criticism.

5. False: We just need everybody to use their “real” name.

6. False: Just charge a dollar to comment and that’ll fix things.

7. False: You can call the cops! If it’s not illegal, it’s not harmful.

8. False: Abuse can be fixed without dedicated resources.
abuse  comments  community  harassment  racism  reddit  anil-dash  free-speech 
13 days ago by jm
"You Can't Stay Here: The Efficacy of Reddit’s 2015 Ban Examined Through Hate Speech"

In 2015, Reddit closed several subreddits—foremost among them r/fatpeoplehate and r/CoonTown—due to violations of Reddit’s anti-harassment policy. However, the effectiveness of banning as a moderation approach remains unclear: banning might diminish hateful behavior, or it may relocate such behavior to different parts of the site.

We study the ban of r/fatpeoplehate and r/CoonTown in terms of its effect on both participating users and affected subreddits. Working from over 100M Reddit posts and comments, we generate hate speech lexicons to examine variations in hate speech usage via causal inference methods. We find that the ban worked for Reddit. More accounts than expected discontinued using the site; those that stayed drastically decreased their hate speech usage—by at least 80%. Though many subreddits saw an influx of r/fatpeoplehate and r/CoonTown “migrants,” those subreddits saw no significant changes in hate speech usage. In other words, other subreddits did not inherit the problem. We conclude by reflecting on the apparent success of the ban, discussing implications for online moderation, Reddit and internet communities more broadly.


(Via Anil Dash)
abuse  reddit  research  hate-speech  community  moderation  racism  internet 
13 days ago by jm
Truth in Jest? | Hazlitt
"This is why C.K.’s failure to address these allegations is not a good enough reason for his fans to avoid the difficult, uncomfortable issues they bring up. If you like this guy’s work because of its ethical spine, and yet you can keep enjoying it exactly the same way once these allegations are introduced—without any traces of concern or creeping dread or cognitive dissonance or confusion or frustration—then maybe it’s worth thinking about why they’re so easy for you to ignore. This is the exact same idea that runs under C.K.’s work like a third rail, makes him seem so insightful: the moments when an issue is small enough for you to register it and then turn away comfortably are the moments when it probably deserves your closest scrutiny."
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13 days ago by cluebucket

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