Online Harassment

Misogynistic Death Threats Make Me Embarrassed to Be a Gamer

Mike Sholars | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Living
Mike Sholars

The online firestorm known as #GamerGate has made headlines across all forms of media. It has made me embarrassed to call myself a gamer. Just this past week, game developer Brianna Wu and critic Anita Sarkeesian were forced to leave their home and cancel a major university appearance, respectively, because of the avalanche of death threats they received. I'm not too old for cartoons, or gaming. But I'm probably too old for wishing death upon someone because we have different opinions on a video game.

Let's Call "Trolling" What it Really Is: Hate Speech

Steph Guthrie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Steph Guthrie

In so many of the instances in which the popular press (and the general public) apply the label "trolling," they're referring to sincere statements from people who believe every word they're saying. These alleged "trolls" have myriad intentions that may include getting a rise out of their target, but also include silencing their target, humiliating their target, inspiring fear or emotional distress in their target, etc etc etc. It's not provocation merely for provocation's sake, and the stakes are much higher. We don't need special Internet words for hate speech, harassment, or death threats. These words already exist.

INFOGRAPHIC: 11 Places Online Harassment Starts

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.26.2012 | Canada Living

It seems a lot of us are typing these days, but not all of us are doing it for the right reasons. This year alone, the number of people using soci...