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Internet Trolls and Free Arts Festivals

By Barcham 21 March 2014 22

Hey gang!

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.]

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Monopod said :

Masquara said :

ABC Radio have just featured YAH – it sounds from the interview as though there was no tender, and Robyn Archer simply phoned a a contact with a lucrative offer of scarce arts dollars over several years. No wonder some arts identity (can’t remember who it was) chucked a tanty on this site a year or so ago about favouritism and “jobs for the boys”. He got caned by Rioters, but he may well have been right. What was the procurement process for this significant slab of government funding?
My recall of the first year of YAH is that it appeared to be a wee community grassroots startuppykins on no budget. No sense of people on a salary!

Actually, if this was the “discussion” from a few years ago when YAH started the sentence “He got caned by Rioters” really should read: He got caned by the organisers of YAH via RIOTACT.

In this ‘discussion’ my comments were moderated as according to JohnBoy RIOTACT was supporting YAH. Then Johnboy proceeded to bait me via e-mail until he got an angry response, then published the private emails on RIOTACT under a fairly damaging headline!

Thanks to Johnboy and RIOTACT this “article” is still at the top of a Google search for my name, I am still explaining it to potential clients and it has heavily effected my arts practice.

Warwick, I though JB’s responses to you were more than reasonable – you were coming a cross as a nutter and wouldn’t let it go.

Mysteryman 9:50 am 03 Apr 14

Monopod said :

Masquara said :

ABC Radio have just featured YAH – it sounds from the interview as though there was no tender, and Robyn Archer simply phoned a a contact with a lucrative offer of scarce arts dollars over several years. No wonder some arts identity (can’t remember who it was) chucked a tanty on this site a year or so ago about favouritism and “jobs for the boys”. He got caned by Rioters, but he may well have been right. What was the procurement process for this significant slab of government funding?
My recall of the first year of YAH is that it appeared to be a wee community grassroots startuppykins on no budget. No sense of people on a salary!

Actually, if this was the “discussion” from a few years ago when YAH started the sentence “He got caned by Rioters” really should read: He got caned by the organisers of YAH via RIOTACT.

In this ‘discussion’ my comments were moderated as according to JohnBoy RIOTACT was supporting YAH. Then Johnboy proceeded to bait me via e-mail until he got an angry response, then published the private emails on RIOTACT under a fairly damaging headline!

Thanks to Johnboy and RIOTACT this “article” is still at the top of a Google search for my name, I am still explaining it to potential clients and it has heavily effected my arts practice.

I’m not surprised by this in the slightest. Incredibly disappointed, but certainly not surprised.

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