A Summary on Better Online Living through Content Moderation by Melissa King

Melissa King, a recent University of California Santa Cruz graduate, composes an article that demonstrates the usefulness of content moderation and why some people might be against the idea. In the first paragraph, King presents reasons to why people might want to utilize content control features. She expresses that there is really no invalid reason “to read or listen to content if they do not want to.” In the article, King examines a major argument against controlling content; the misunderstanding of “sensitive” people that are abused and harassed. Psychology plays a big role in this article. King uses it to support her case in that there’s a “struggle to protect the psyche of vulnerable individuals is not limited to online interactions.” She notes that some see online harassment as just cruel words, but in reality is deeper that. King includes evidence from Caleb Lacke, a clinical psychologist, to further explain her research. Lacke reveals that prolonged online bullying and harassment can lead to PTSD or PTSD symptoms because of the “severe impact it has on mental health.” King incorporates this fact to assure opposing people that controlling content can effect mental health and can lead to serious issues. Some of the content control features King includes in the article is “blocking”, “content warnings” and even “privacy functions.” These feature are essential to those who have a hard time being online or on the computer due to the emotional stress of past experiences. King concludes her article by stating that the privileged people who have had a safe online experience shouldn’t ridicule or “shame” those who haven’t. She argues that...

Reading Summary 5 Better Online Living

Melissa King’s article called “Better Online Living through Content Moderation” argues that internet users should always have the choice to filter what they expose themselves to online. Online harassment has become an increasing problem in the last years, but there are ways to limit this abuse. One common way to avoid stressors on the Internet is to block the user that is doing the harassing. Blocking someone would create a situation where the stalker or abuser cannot see the information of the blocker, and the blocker no longer sees what the abuser posts. This can be very helpful in the process to separate oneself from a perpetrator; however, the American culture tends to look down upon those who exercise that resource. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-msOHHotWkc4/UDsMxc6UloI/AAAAAAAAbuU/ARiGQxnWG3M/s1600/Facebook+block+2.jpg People are constantly pressured to face their problems and to be in a hurry to get over painful experiences. This type of cultural influence can be confusing to those that have conditions like depression or PTSD. Conditions like these cannot be overcome overnight, and they cannot be solved by having to face an unwanted stressor all the time. These conditions have to be treated carefully and cannot be suppressed while coming into contact with triggers. The uneducated public may think that exposure to triggers can aid in recovery; however, being thrown into exposure can cause panic attacks and can heighten the anxiety for that trigger.   Not only people with these conditions, but everyone should have the right to censor their internet exposure without being ridiculed as being too sensitive. In addition to the insensitivity about people blocking triggers on the internet, PTSD can be a result...
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