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The Internet of Garbage
The Internet of Garbage


Manufacturer: Vox Media, Inc.
Publisher: Vox Media, Inc.
Author(s): Sarah Jeong

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Product Description:
Binding: Kindle Edition
Format: Kindle eBook
Label: Vox Media, Inc.
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Vox Media, Inc.
Number Of Pages: 94
Publication Date: 2018-08-23
Publisher: Vox Media, Inc.
Release Date: 2018-08-23
Studio: Vox Media, Inc.
Editorial Review:
“The internet is, and always has been, mostly garbage,” argues Sarah Jeong in her book about the intractable problem of online harassment, The Internet of Garbage. First published in 2015, Jeong’s text provides an accessible look at how online harassment works, how it might be categorized and understood, and why the structure of the internet and the policies surrounding it are incapable of stamping it out. Jeong provides a clear taxonomy to better discuss the motivations behind and impact of online harassment, including doxing and SWATting. She outlines why the tactics for fighting spam and enforcing copyright laws can’t cope with harassment, especially where it intersects with issues of free speech and censorship. She argues that the marketplace of ideas is something that has never truly existed for everyone across race and gender, and suggests that architectural solutions are needed. “There are two futures for social media platforms. One involves professional, expert moderation entwined with technical solutions. The other is sweatshops of laborers clicking away at tickets.”

The stakes for getting the internet right could not be higher. As Jeong outlines in her new preface for this interim 2018 edition published by The Verge, the online harassment tactics of Gamergate have now come to shadow executive orders, court rulings, even the newly appointed judiciary.

Sarah Jeong is a journalist and lawyer who graduated from Harvard Law School in 2014 and who currently serves on The New York Times editorial board. Formerly a senior writer at The Verge, Jeong has contributed to The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Motherboard, and more. Her extensive reporting and thorough analysis make her a leading expert on online communities, norms, and harassment.
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