Posts Tagged: Comment Culture

William Shatner, Reddit, And The Complications Of "Free Speech" On The Internet

Yakkin' About The Internet is an ongoing series by Whitney Phillips and Kate Miltner. Whitney recently completed her PhD dissertation on trolls; Kate wrote her Masters thesis on LOLCats—yep! Up for discussion today: William Shatner's visit to Reddit, community moderation, and the complexities of "free speech" on the internet.

Whitney: Two weeks ago, William Shatner tweeted with Chris Hadfield, an astronaut stationed at the International Space Station. This resulted in the ENTIRE INTERNET BEING WON by Shatner, at least according to this Reddit thread. Apparently the 81-year-old Shatner got wind of the thread, and promptly created an account. He then proceeded to spend the next [...]


Unlikely Tips From All Over

"the recommended way to open doors after washing your hands is to use the paper towel you used to dry your hands to turn the knob. Unfortunately, many public places are now using blowdryers for hands, so I just grab some extra toilet paper."

Some of the most delightful reading on the Internet can be found in the letters section of the BBC's Magazine Monitor. There was a great one yesterday wondering about the declining usage of the word "shan't."