In today’s Comm 506 class, Natasha’s presentation and the discussion began with an article that appeared in Wired magazine. The article was penned by Alice Marwick and opens with:
It was the tweet that launched a thousand trolls. When Adria Richards tweeted out a picture of two men she overheard making sexual jokes behind her during open-source conference PyCon, the internet erupted. (You can find the full article online here http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/03/richards-affair-and-misogyny-in-tech/)
This story serves as a reminder that we need to be mindful of what we say – in private, in public, online, offline. I am not in any way suggesting that Adria Richards did the wrong thing. I may have done it in a different way, but I do get why she did what she did. It is important to speak up or things won’t change. (I have to admit here that I am guilty of having made inappropriate comments).
When I read about stories like this, I am loudly reminded to think before I post, think before I speak. If you do something inappropriate, then own it and make amends. Don’t forget to put yourself in the others shoes. Learn from it. I learned a lot from reading Marwick’s article. Thanks, Natasha (and Kate) for bringing forth such a great discussion.