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Good reads

It’s been a loooong time since I posted some good reading.

5 Things I Learned as the Internet’s Most Hated Person | Cracked.com
"I watched every avenue of social media suddenly blow up with messages of abject hatred from thousands of strangers. For the first five days, I couldn't sleep. Every time I would start to doze off, I'd be shocked awake from half-asleep nightmares about everyone I love buying into the mob's bullshit and abandoning me. The ceaseless barrage of random people sending you disgusting shit is initially impossible to drown out — it was constant, loud, and it became my life."
They Are Not Trolls. They Are Men. | Make Me a Sammich
"By calling these people “trolls,” we are basically letting them off the hook. It’s a lot like the “boys will be boys” mentality that helps to keep rape culture thriving, but it’s also different, because boys are expected to be human. By calling these people “trolls,” we relegate them to non-human status, and we make it clear that we don’t expect them to live up to the same behavioral standards as human beings." Continue reading Good reads

Now Is Another Opportunity to Reimagine Justice

I spent late Saturday night (while my neighbors were belting out Oasis’s “Wonderwall” to bad guitar accompaniment) watching Twitter and Facebook. The Zimmerman verdict (not guilty of either manslaughter or murder II) was out, and folks were outraged.

“Not everything about race, dumbasses!” one person said.

“Our justice system is broken!” said another.

“No one in their right mind could say the prosecution proved beyond a doubt that Zimmerman didn’t fear for his life. That’s the letter of the law!” said a third.

Continue reading Now Is Another Opportunity to Reimagine Justice