Civility Panel Slides

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The slides from the presentation "Online Civility and Its (Muppethugging) Discontents" by Dr. Isis, Sheril Kirshenbaum, and Janet D. Stemwedel at ScienceOnline2010.

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Civility Panel Slides

  1. 1. Online Civility and its (Muppethugging) Discontents Dr. Free-Ride, Sheril Kirshenbaum, and Isis the Scientist
  2. 2. “ Civility” At The Intersection
  3. 4. America’s Science Role Models
  4. 5. Hollywood and the Mad Scientists
  5. 6. New Media Science Communication Breaks “TRADITION!”
  6. 7. So When Does Civility Matter?
  7. 8. Rules of Engagement?
  8. 9. So What?
  9. 11. Politeness, or being a decent human being? <ul><li>Taking each other seriously in our engagements with each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Assuming good faith until the evidence weighs against it. </li></ul><ul><li>Not writing off each other’s experiences or feelings. </li></ul>
  10. 12. Hard to engage when you don’t feel welcome. <ul><li>Language (technical/jargon-y, academic, aggressive, profane, religious, …) </li></ul><ul><li>Composition of the community (Am I the only one with these opinions, experiences, etc.?) </li></ul><ul><li>Am I being heard or dismissed out of hand? </li></ul>
  11. 13. Respect doesn’t eliminate disagreement or hurt. <ul><li>In serious engagement, fundamental differences may surface. </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking up about my experience may make someone else feel bad about herself. </li></ul><ul><li>Taking seriously someone else’s testimony about her experience may make me feel bad about myself. </li></ul>
  12. 14. Sometimes disengagement is the way to go. <ul><li>Modeling good behavior to incorrigible trolls may earn you a place in heaven, but it will make your time in the internets very tedious. </li></ul><ul><li>Respecting yourself, and your own interests and limits, is important, too! </li></ul>
  13. 16. Incivility: The Asshat Definition <ul><li>Incivility: 1. discourteous behavior or </li></ul><ul><li> treatment. </li></ul><ul><li>See also: rudeness, boorishness, </li></ul><ul><li>uncouthness </li></ul><ul><li>The antonym of: </li></ul>Civility: 1. courtesy; politeness. 2.a polite action or expression 3. Archaic . civilization; culture; good breeding Source: The Random House Unabridged Dictionary
  14. 17. Incivility: The Asshat Definition Incivility: 1. discourteous behavior or treatment. See also: rudeness, boorishness, uncouthness The antonym of: Civility: 1. courtesy; politeness. 2.a polite action or expression 3. Archaic . civilization; culture; good breeding Source: The Random House Unabridged Dictionary
  15. 18. Incivility: The Muppethuggers’ Definition
  16. 19. The Consequences of Incivility
  17. 20. But What About Language?
  18. 21. But What About Language?
  19. 22. Appearances Can Be Deceiving…
  20. 23. Appearances Can Be Deceiving…
  21. 24. Discussion?

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