• October 3, 2014

    At Buzzfeed, Emily Gould says that the usual advice of how to react to online trolls is at best unhelpful and at worst harmful: “People who tell women to ‘just ignore’ gendered criticism, bullying, and harassment — which I’m fine with lumping together, because they’re all components of a system that works together to repress women’s work — are asking women to collaborate in their own silencing.” One of Gould’s main exhibits is a long and abusive piece about her by blogger Edward Champion, published earlier this year. Meanwhile Laura Miller has suggested, at Salon, that ignoring Champion is exactly the thing to do: “Say authors and publicists were to refuse to talk to and deal with him. Say readers stopped bestowing on him the favor of their attention, which is still attention, the thing he seems to crave most, be it ever so angry and accusing. That would be a new and powerful form of silence. Champion could go on ranting and raving, as is his right, but when nobody, but nobody is listening to you, you might as well not be talking at all.” (Note to readers who would like to follow Miller’s advice: Miller’s piece on Champion clocks in at 2,740 words.)

    Jenny Diski explains, or tries to explain, the unusual history of her relationship to Doris Lessing, who took her in when Diski was a teenager, and with whom Diski lived for years. “Over the years I called Doris ‘the woman I live with’, which I worried could be taken to have something a little unseemly or suggestive about it in those not quite yet permissive days; ‘the woman whose house I live in’ (less unseemly but odd); or most often, ‘Doris, my mumble, mumble, mumble’, ‘the person who bla bla bla’. Or I took a deep breath and went the whole hog: ‘Doris, who invited me to go and stay at her house when she heard …’ “

    The Huffington Post has a letter by New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet announcing the paper’s recent round of cuts. In the letter, Baquet explains the compensation terms, which depend on whether employees are represented by the Newspapers Guild or not. The buyout packages, Baquet promises, “are generous especially for people with decades of service.”

    WC-front-235x299Nell Zink issues a dispatch from August’s Worldcon—the World Science Fiction Convention, held this year in London—where she attended, among other events, a panel on “Being a Fan of Problematic Things.” Zink’s debut novel, The Wallcreeper, came out this week.

    The Economist and the Financial Times have recently begun selling ads at prices based not on number of page-views but on the how much time readers spend on a page. FT’s commercial director of digital advertising explains: “Logic would say: Let’s start to value the amount of time spent with a brand.”

    A lawyer representing a number of actors whose nude photos were leaked online without their permission has written a letter to Google threatening legal action. The letter describes Google’s “despicable, reprehensible conduct in not only failing to act expeditiously and responsibly to remove the Images, but in knowingly accommodating, facilitating and perpetuating the unlawful conduct.”

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