Unmasking the Trolls with Identity 2.0 (Future140 Part 3)

An amazing investigative journalist named Mattathias Schwarts came to one of my Media Studies classes this spring. He wrote a hot article for the NY Times regarding “Trolls”. Trolls are the folks who for some reason or other find harassing and manipulating people on-line as a delectable treat. I asked him if he would be willing to give me a few minutes to record a “micro-podcast” regarding Trolls on Future140. He gladly did so, and you can listen to it here.

Schwartz tells us that we see more troll-like behavior on the Internet because of anonymity. We can’t mask ourselves in public face-to-face interactions where antisocial behavior most certainly brings shame. Masking ones online identity in order to cause others is a power we are all capable of. He urged us to develop a “thicker skin” when engaged in online social interactions. He made no mention of OpenID’s or other online credentialing systems that enable high value online identity’s for users to carry across multiple platforms.

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The "Future140" Project (Future140 Part 1)

Before the summer began I started a project that I thought could turn the world upside down — or rather, right-side up. I was excited beyond reason and I immediately wanted to feature my first guest. My excitement has died down considerably since I began this back in April of 09, but today I’ve begun to reflect on the project and its real value.

The idea is that I would pose a question, in under 140 characters or less, to an expert in the field of inquiry. Then I would record their response in under 140 seconds or less. For my first guest I’d feature one of my favorite professors in the J-School, Harsha Gangadharbatla Ph.D. I discussed the idea with him and he was open to giving it a shot. He’s a advertising professor and I knew he had lots of insight concerning the future of brands.

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The "Future140" Project (Future140 Part 1)