Nov. 3, 2021

Civility and Respect - Bravery & Batshittery in Online Communication

Civility and Respect - Bravery & Batshittery in Online Communication

Kevin and Jaime take a look at online communications in this week’s episode. People of all ages, especially during the pandemic, have turned to online communication for a bit of added socializing. When it comes to the internet, there can be a lot left “unsaid,” since we’re often missing voice inflection and body language. Our ever-curious co-hosts discuss the difference in Civility vs Respect and how evolution impacts modern day online interaction.


Content Warning: Adult Language

During this episode, Kevin and Jaime take a look at online communications in this week’s episode. People of all ages, especially during the pandemic, have turned to online communication for a bit of added socializing. When it comes to the internet, there can be a lot left “unsaid,” since we’re often missing voice inflection and body language. Our ever-curious co-hosts discuss the difference in Civility vs Respect and how evolution impacts modern day online interaction. 

Why are we so quick to defense, outrage, and anger online? K&J discuss public facing discussions vs private chats and how that public “perception” can make defensiveness go up. They also discuss how bots can help us have more humanity in our interactions and how friction can have an impact in the decisions we make online.

Their expertise in regards to online interaction? Decades of utilization bordering on addiction.

Their qualifications to discuss the topic? Random life experience and caffeination during recording sessions. They remember having to listen to dueling robots in order to access email and message boards in the days when Alta Vista was edgy.

Basically, anything they discuss? Don’t take their word for it - but they hope you enjoy the show!

Reference Links:

Coffee and common ground this week 

In Jaime’s Cup: Dark Side of the Moon | Blossom Coffee Roasters | Beanbox 

In Kevin’s Cup: Seattle's Best | Post Alley Blend  

Merriam-Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/ 

Sources:

Twitter bots can reduce racist slurs—if people think the bots are white | Ars Technica

Nicholas Christakis — How We’re Wired for Goodness | The On Being Project - The On Being 

Project

Evolution explains why we act differently online - BBC Future

You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you (classroom-friendly version) - The Oatmeal
Misquoted Scientists Respond | National Center for Science Education (ncse.ngo) 

Why Everyone on the Internet Is an Asshole (markmanson.net)

The Facebook Files | WSJ 

K&P Texting Gone Wrong 

V (@underthedesknews) TikTok | Under the Desk News 

Quotables:

“You’re battling information with emotion and emotion with information.”

“That’s never gonna catch on, who’s gonna send a text message when you could just call somebody?”

“Information is so easily conveyed and intention isn’t...”

“I do think respect is something that is earned, but you don’t have to earn civility, right?”

“You can lead an idiot to knowledge but you can’t make him think.”

“I could potty train a cow and then I could have a house cow?”

“This is not the terminator we were looking for...”

Show us your common sense:

We would love to hear from you and about your experiences online - have you changed how and where you interact online? What’s your favorite social media site? What are things you avoid like the plague (or, uh, not like the plague?) Feel free to drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts on today’s episode, recommendations for coffee, or a fun news story you think we’d be interested in. 

Want more? You can listen in on our thoughts on cyber bullying
here.