Thanks to you lot I was invited to go sit on a panel at this years You Are Here festival to discuss internet trolls. I was chosen to discuss this topic alongside writers from Lip, Woroni, and Mamamia. These three writers have experienced all kinds of horrible insane abuse from their readerships both local and international ranging from rival websites publishing agressive articles about their personal lives, mass organised trolling efforts, to outright threats. It was actually really scary and intense hearing some of their stories.
What I found interesting was that when these writers met me, and discovered I moderated you lot, they looked at me a strange mix of fear and respect. You guys have a reputation.
I told them you guys weren’t all that bad, even if you do occasionally call me names on Reddit.
Anyways the point isn’t to tell you about a panel you can no longer attend, it’s to tell you to attend You Are Here festival. It’s the last weekend. You should really go.
Maybe come to this, as I’m doing it.
That would be nice.
But check out the program and for God’s sake promise me that you’ll go see something amazing and weird and free this weekend! I worry about you lot, so just go do this for me.
LANGUAGE WARNING ON THE VIDEO. ALSO HAIRCUT WARNING. I NEED A HAIRCUT.
[Photo by Adam Thomas.]