On the home stretch with discussion about the book The Internet Is Not The Answer by Andrew Keen. Only two more episodes after this one. And an epilogue which hasn’t been recorded yet.
In this episode we learn that women are oppressed on the interwebz by white men.
Assorted femistatists also claim they have received death threats and rape threats on the internet. I call bullshit on this.
One of those femistatists is Whitney Philips. From the few photos I found of her she actually appears to be bangable. Of course I don’t know how old these photos are and how much photoshop is involved.
But she didn’t just double down on a worthless education, she tripled down on worthless education.
Dr. Whitney Phillips holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Humboldt State University (2004), an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (fiction emphasis) from Emerson College (2007), and a Ph.D. in English with a Folklore Structured Emphasis (digital culture focus) from the University of Oregon (2012).
Her book on Internet trolls, This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture (MIT Press 2015) examines the emergence and evolution of subcultural trolling, an online behavioral practice predicated on mischief, meme creation, and anonymity. In addition to her first monograph, Dr. Phillips has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, has contributed several chapters to edited media studies volumes, and is frequently interviewed by national news outlets on stories about online aggression, comment moderation, and other ambivalent online behaviors.
Her second book, co-authored with Ryan Milner of the College of Charleston, is titled Between Play and Hate: Antagonism, Humor, and Mischief Online, and is forthcoming with Polity Press (2017). She is also in the process of finishing her first novel, which focuses on three generations of unruly Southern women.
Teaching & Research Interests
Dr. Phillips’ teaching and research interests–both academic and creative–engage with the intersection(s) of digital media and technology studies, communication studies, cultural studies, folklore studies, literary studies, and critical race, gender, and sexuality studies.
She is particularly interested in creative approaches to non-fiction (including academic writing), participatory cultures, ambivalent online behavior, television, “so-bad-it’s-good” fandoms, computer mediated communication, transgressive humor, and the myriad infrastructures (interpersonal, political, and technological) undergirding the culture industries.
You can find her cuter photo here:
How much you wanna bet she thinks that me saying she’s bangable translates as a “rape threat” in her tiny little brain.
In the next episode of Stating The Obvious I will explain exactly why these imaginary rape threats are bullshit. Then I stumble upon evidence to backup my assertion that these rape threats are cries for attention.