Redefining Rude

Rethinking etiquette in our new society online


Twitter: Nasty, Brutish, and Short


Twitter is short. But does it also have to be nasty and brutish? Does openness necessarily breed incivility? Is there a way to preserve both?


What society are we building here?

There is no single solution to the plague of trolls, abusers, harassers, lunatics, imposters, and assholes online any more than there is on earth: no one algorithm, no one company rule, no one regulation will do it all, though they can help. The most powerful weapon in any case is our own norms as a society.


The Luddite/Geek Rorschach Test

What do you see in this picture?


That photo, of students using computers during a break, turns out to be a Rorschach test for…


I See You: The Technopanic over Google Glass 


Google Glass isn’t available yet. Even so, the technopanic it’s inspiring is rising to full swivet. But I say there’s no need to panic. We…


We get the net—and society—we build


The next time you see someone on Twitter point to an argument and gleefully announce, “Fight! Fight!” and you retweet that, think about the net you are encouraging and creating. You’re breeding only more of the same.

Oh, we’ve all done it. At least I’ll confess that I’ve done it. I’ve been in fights online I’m ashamed of. Like kids…


Defining the troll


In his book Assholes: A Theory, Aaron James proposes a definition and a taxonomy for the species, but he omits a key and particularly toxic genus, a breed with which we are…

Redefining Rude
Redefining Rude

Rethinking etiquette in our new society online

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