[Air-L] trolls and Aspergian "sufferers"

Terri Senft tsenft at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 14:39:12 PDT 2012

Okay, I'll go first.

I re-read the longer note I wrote to Thomas earlier, and I want to
apologize for what is clearly its condescending language. It's a tone
I take when I feel angry and misunderstood, and I should know by now
it never helps situations. Doesn't every offensive person online
perceive themselves as defending themselves in some way? Add
self-righteousness to the mix, and blech.

Thomas, and anyone else who read what I wrote and felt disrespected by
my tone: I am honestly sorry. As much as I still stand by what I said,
I could have said it differently, because to be honest, I would have
never spoken to you like that to your face.


With that said, I'd now like to ask if people have cites for
literature that uses discourse analysis to suss out 'best practices'
in online discussions where conflicts occur. Susan Herring or someone
else, maybe?

I am awesome and so are YOU,


On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 5:22 PM, Alexander Halavais <halavais at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
> Before this becomes far more heat than fire (perhaps we are too
> late--shall we change the subject line to citations on research on
> flaming?) I just want to insert a friendly reminder that this list
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