[EVENT] #TrollingtheArtist with @MsMapes and @NatashaCaruana. A @RedEyeNetwork Event

I’ve just returned from an interesting, and challenging evening at RISE Manchester, at an event organised by the RedEye Photography Network. I was asked to chair the session, in which photographic artists Sarah Maple and Natasha Caruana discussed their work, and the impact of trolling – both being trolled, and being the troll, has impacted their work as they seek to provoke conversation and discussion. I introduced the artists, largely drawn from the biographies they had Continue Reading →

[BOOK REVIEW] This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (re online trolling)

This looks really interesting: Why do trolls exist? How can such hostile online behaviour be understood intellectually, culturally and socially? Put another way: is the notorious Pedobear character “lulz” (hilarious) or an ambivalent tour guide through child pornography? For her recent doctorate, communications scholar Whitney Phillips conducted an ethnography of these groups by entering the trolling subculture. Drawing on that research, This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things considers whether trolling is a deviant Continue Reading →

[PUBLICATION] Restorative justice: how can it help with online trolling? for @RJCouncil

I wrote this piece for ‘Resolution‘, the magazine of the Restorative Justice Council, which has just been published. It’s a different angle on the Brenda Leyland ‘trolling’ story. Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Like it? Share it…

Time to Look at Trials by Gossip in @TheNorthernEcho

A piece written for The Northern Echo yesterday, which can be found in full online. See also piece on The Conversation UK, and also short segment on BBC Tyne Tees just before 10am yesterday. Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting. https://twitter.com/digitalfprint Like it? Share it…

Should McCann Twitter abuser have been doorstepped on TV? for @ConversationUK

A recent piece, published for The Conversation UK, under Creative Commons licence (republished on Durham University): Should McCann Twitter abuser have been doorstepped on TV? By Bex Lewis, Durham University Brenda Leyland, a 63-year old woman from Leicestershire who had been accused of publishing a stream of internet abuse about the family of missing child Madeleine McCann, has been found dead in a hotel room. Her death raises important questions about the wrongs and rights Continue Reading →

In the light of the Twitter Trolling Verdict #DigitalParenting

With all the news stories about Twitter trolls being sentenced, with the Evening Standard reporting that the defendant’s lawyer said: She is a victim of that, if nothing else – a victim of a lack of understanding of what this new technology can do and how powerful it is. John Carr, an advisor to the UK government and the UN on child online safety, highlights that the internet is part of everyday life and parents should Continue Reading →