Essays on Technology and Culture

This Shit Is Unacceptable, Internet

There are, however, downsides to being known on the internet. Last week, I posted a screengrab of one of the many inappropriate messages sent to the band’s social networks every day. After making the post, I sat back and watched with an increasingly open mouth as more and more people commented on the statement. At the time of writing, Facebook stats tell me that the post had reached 581,376 people, over five times the number of people who subscribe to the page itself, with almost 1,000 comments underneath the image. Comments range from the disgusted and supportive to the offensively vile.

“Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry: ‘I will not accept online misogyny'”

One may recall a post I wrote about “Fame, The Internet, and Personal Boundaries.” If not, please give that a read. It makes me sick to my stomach every time I hear about a musician being harassed by “fans” and the seeming normalization of verbal sexual harassment and misogyny on social media. I don’t think it’s a new problem, we’re just hearing about it more—and more people are speaking up against it. Unfortunately, I don’t have any solutions beyond shining a light on those who pull this disgusting shit and hopefully having them scurry back into their holes like the cockroaches they are on society.

Major props to Ms. Mayberry for being polite and civil, though I can’t help but think the song “Gun” is a more appropriate reply to these sorts of people.