Reading Summary 6: Better Online Living Through Content Moderation

The main purpose of this article was to teach about content moderation. Content moderation can be achieved through content control features. “Content control features — block and ignore functions, content/trigger warnings, blocklists and privacy options — are valuable to people who need to moderate their time online.” Control features are used as a way for people to either avoid people or certain types of posts that they may dislike. The article argues that using these controls can make the online experience more enjoyable. Control features are looked at in both a positive and negative light. They can be positive because a person has the choice to block thing that makes them upset or uncomfortable that they shouldn’t be forced to endure seeing. They can be negative because the person using these features can be judged as weak or too sensitive. This article focuses on three areas to help build a better understanding of content moderation and why it can be positive: 1) Computer-Chair Psychology, 2) Threatening Legal Recourse, and 3) Moving Towards a More Personal Agency over Online...

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Better Online Living through Content Moderation: https://modelviewculture.com/pieces/better-online-living-through-content-moderation. Background The author Melissa King Starts the article off by stating to the reader what exactly content control features are and what they are used for. She gives a little insight as to why some people might want to use them and then she gives reasons as to why people won’t want to use them. In her reasoning, she states how some people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder might need to use them because they may experience anxiety navigating the web due to their condition. Also, she says that people that don’t use it may view others as weak minded or too sensitive, But she shows how those people aren’t affected by the content and only the viewer with anxiety is. Computer-Chair Psychology In this part of the article, the author gives a couple of statements from people such as Maddy Myers and psychologist such as Caleb Lack. This part of the article shows how PTSD can be caused by more than just being in war. It shows that it can be caused by online bullying and be threatened over a period of time. Thus, showing how content control features are necessary if certain people don’t want to have anxiety or don’t want their anxiety to worsen due to little remarks made on twitter or things they see on the internet that can be avoided. This part of the article also shows how Real Exposure Therapy can help and not people that ar random strangers that just throw threats and insults at someone. Threatening Legal Recource  The Author goes into detail about blocklists in this...

Reading Summary #5

“Better Online Living through Content Moderation” Melissa King “Better Online Living Through Content Moderation”, is an article written by Melissa Kings. In this article she discusses the uses of block and ignore functions, content/trigger warnings, block lists and privacy options that help to improve one’s computer experience by dismissing content that one chooses not to see. She goes into further detail as to what kind of people who would benefit from these content managers, such as those who suffer from PTSD who are avoiding triggers or topics that could cause anxiety, those with limited patience and anyone who wants to improve their online experience. After all, no one should have to view any content that they would prefer not to. In this article she mentions that those who prefer to use these content moderators are criticized as being too “weak” or “sensitive”, which then creates the stigma for people to expose themselves to things that they cannot handle or is too much, whether it be violence, graphic content or even cyber-attacks due to an disagreement or in some cases intentional provoking of attacks or violence. She then began to discuss the arguments against content control. One being that people tend to blow abuse and harassment received out of proportion and therefore should be less sensitive in terms of coping. This has been the greatest argument of them all. The term she associated with that argument is exposure therapy. Kings discussed this term by saying through gradual exposure you will be able to overcome these triggers. In other words, the more you are exposed to something, the less you will...

Reading Summary #6: “Better Online Living through Content Moderation” by Melissa King

“Better Online Living through Content Moderation” by Melissa King talks about people who deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder unlike any other. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is commonly and mostly diagnosed towards war veterans. However studies have shown that you can get post traumatic stress disorder through a different approach, in other words through the power of online technology. Clinical Psychologist and Professor Caleb Lack stated that “Yes, you can ‘get’ PTSD  from Twitter” (Lack, Caleb)(6). Due to this fact many people have began judging others on how they choose to deal with online bullying and the causes that lead up to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However King argues how content moderation controls the situation of online bullying and helps individuals cope with their problems of the online world. King believes that content control helps better the lives of those on online media. By blocking hatred out of their life and relieving the tension they may have caused by the Post traumatic Stress Disorder. Many actually do not understand how words that are found online can cause someone so much grief and depression. King stands up for victims of online bullying by writing how severe and serious the situation truly is. With today’s generation people are finding themselves having problems one wouldn’t normally have if it were twenty years ago. The Millennials are finding themselves to be much different then other generations. King talks about how the millennials are more “open to difficult, complex, and emotional content.” This is due to the fact that they have evolved into a world where they can find out about certain things with just a click of...

Reading Summary #6

King, Melissa. “Better Online Living Through Content Moderation,” Model View Culture 28 (October 14, 2015). Web: https://modelviewculture.com/pieces/better-online-living-through-content-moderation. This article is all about content control features. It opens explaining these features and reasons for them. King states “These are all valid reasons for employing content control. In fact, there are no such thing as an invalid reason: nobody should be required to read or listen to content if they do not want to”. She says that users of these tools face constant cultural opposition often seen as “weak” or “too sensitive”. She also goes on to say that it turns out becoming the victim’s problem with people telling them to just “deal with it”. Her argument is “While using content control features is no guaranteed to stop the effects of abuse, they do help and their use should not be disparaged and discouraged”. Her first section discusses one of the main arguments against content control. She discusses that people being abused and harassed blow it out of proportion. She says that with this, people draw parallels to Exposure therapy. Exposure therapy is a type of therapy that exposes the source of someone’s anxiety to lessen the disruption they can cause. King argues that “Without controlled exposure, someone suffering from PTSD is likely to have their trauma magnified rather than reduced when face with triggering content”. King quotes an article by Maddy Myers which examines generational pushback against content warnings in university settings. She says that there is evidence that younger generations may actually be more open to difficult, complex, and emotional content. In this section she argues that “the fact...
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