Control Features in a Digital Space

King, Melissa. “Better Online Living through Content Moderation.” Model View Culture. N.p., 14 Oct. 2015. Web. 28 Mar. 2016. King “graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in European History” who is also an “aspiring video game developer and storyteller” ( King bio). Melissa King King believes that “there is no such thing as an invalid reason” to use control features because “nobody should be required to read or listen to content if they do not want to” ( King par. 1). One argument against King’s position is that the user should become ” less sensitive” which is relative to the “Exposure Therapy” (King par. 3). King’s statement against the argument is that “someone suffering from PTSD is likely to have their trauma magnified rather than reduced when faced with triggering content” (King par. 3). Another argument against the use of blocklists states that it forces “one’s internet experience to the whims of another” (King par. 8). King responds by saying that not allowing blocklists requests “that the abused spend more time with their abusers” (King par. 9). Out of all the online attacks, “women especially are considered fair game for these type of attacks, particularly women who tread in areas that are considered male-dominated” (King par. 11). PTSD The purpose of this article is to persuade users online that control features are mostly meant for moderating abusive attacks instead of limiting user’s actions. The intended audience are for people who uses online programs that enable interactions and the creator of these programs. This article is useful because it provides information of how a large population of online...

Arguments against Content Control

In Melissa King’s article, she explains how “content control features are valuable to people who need to moderate their time online” because “Some users may suffer from PTSD” ( King par. 1). Many arguments have been placed against the idea of using block filters and other control features. 1st argument Exposure Therapy Many people believe that the “the abuse and harassment” in the internet is not a risk, because they propose that the should be “less sensitive.” (King par. 3). The argument was backed by the use of the “Exposure Therapy” (King par. 3). What the therapy does is that it exposes the user who has anxiety with sources that made them anxious in exponential increments. King argues that it won’t make them less sensitive, but just increases their anxiety. 2nd argument Example of a control feature The second argument suggests that block lists subjects “one’s internet experience to the whims of another” (King par. 8). King disputes that not allowing user to block harassers would mean “that the abused spend more time with their abusers” which can fail to “differentiate between the aggressor and their targets” (King par. 9). Women Women are attacked frequently in the internet, especially in places where males are predominant. An example would be the realm of video games. With the control features like the mute, it allows the user to make a personal choice to not hear an individual without inhibiting the other person’s...
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