Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Trolling happens offline too

The image above is of a letter sent by a troll to ESPN report Jemele Hill. Mashable wrote of the incident here:
"Even in the increasingly social media-driven age we live in, bigoted, vile and oftentimes racist trolling of athletes and celebrities isn't just restricted to Twitter. ESPN reporter Jemele Hill, who is African American, provided a wince-inducing reminder of that on Friday morning when she tweeted out a photo of a slur-riddled piece of hate mail from an ESPN Radio listener with a fondness for capital letters."
New technology always unsettles and sets fear in people. The Economist featured an article 'Social media in the 16th century: how Luther went Viral.' The same abuses, fear, hysteria and concern existed then as it does today.


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