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Trolling democracy: anonymity doesn’t cause conflicts, bad site design does

Forestal, Jennifer (2017) Trolling democracy: anonymity doesn’t cause conflicts, bad site design does. Democratic Audit UK (04 May 2017). Website.

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‘Don’t feed the trolls’, people on social media are told. By forcing people to use their real names online, the managers of online forums hope to shame trolls into silence. But, Jennifer Forestal argues, this fails to tackle the root of the problem: a lack of the ‘close and direct intercourse and attachment’ which John Dewey believed was vital to democratic deliberation. We need to design online spaces where this can happen, rather than indiscriminately multiplying our connections and relying on top-down moderation. Some disruption is necessary when we talk about politics.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Sets: Collections > Democratic Audit Blog
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 13:13
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2021 23:24

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