By Isaac Butler
One of the pervasive problems with online discourse is, of course, the troll. We've had our share of them here in the theatrosphere, but it's nothing compared to what happens in other parts of the internet, particularly what happens to women when they gain any kind of prominence for trying to tackle sexism. You may have heard of Antia Sarkeesian. She started a kickstarter to do a set of videos about sexism in video games. The response from the trollery end of the video gamer world was horrific. Seriously, seriously horrific.
This raises a number of questions about what to do about it. Total badass Erin Kissane has some grreat thoughts on the subject here. Amongst other things, she discusses why ignoring it doesn't work, which is one of the most aggravating aspects of trollery. Ignoring trolls doesn't work (they'll either declare victory or escalate) and paying attention to them is exactly what they want. So what is to be done? I'll let you click on over to Erin's place to find out.
Part of what makes the essay so great-- beyond the fact that she manages to actually pull off quoting Martin Luther King Jr. twice-- is that it's observant and smart about things beyond trollery. So check it out, darnit!