My former colleague Andrea Weckerle is organizing a fundraiser to build a Civilination Academy for Online Conflict Management. She asked me to help, given my past history, and of course I am delighted, so welcome to the second Punish Geoff… Read More »Punish Geoff Fundraiser: Civilination!
A forthcoming Columbia University and University of Pittsburgh study shows that surfing on Facebook with close friends lowers inhibitions towards self control. The study says that with an inflated positive self caused by ego-stroking on Facebook we feel more inclined to take license.
So now we know the medium is toxic. Does that give us license to behave poorly?
In recent weeks, I’ve seen and received direct feedback from several folks that we all act like assholes and b&^ches online.
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I’ve been thing about writing and commenting online lately. Probably more than most, I have a history of mixing it up and leaving a comment or three that left heads spinning. In the past year, I’ve made a move to practice more loving (or benevolent) speech online.
Choosing to invest in kinder speech, and to not leave a path of strife on the interwebs requires mindfulness and acceptance of my character defects. I don’t pull punches. When it comes to tough discussions, I fight to win. That means someone’s going to be upset most of the time.
Image by Friar’s Balsam Civility: 1. Formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech. 2. Polite remarks used in formal conversation. Society needs the civility movement online. Recent use of phrases like “blood libel” in speeches or outright threats to… Read More »Civility, Tonality and Manners
What’s good for the goose is good for the gander as they say. In that spirit, I have received and listened to several complaints from readers, friends and spectators over the past few days. Some of the criticism was fine… Read More »Linkbait and Monopoly: Responding to Your Criticism