Amanda Todd and Myths of the Internet Age


At the New Yorker, Rumpus Saturday editor Michelle Dean writes about Amanda Todd, cyber-harassment, outed Reddit moderator Michael Brutsch, free speech, and the idea that cyberspace would offer a “bodiless” freedom.

“The power to get away from yourself, like everything else, is unevenly distributed. Women have become, as Franks put it, ‘unwilling avatars,’ unable to control their own images online, and then told to put up with it for the sake of ‘freedom,’ for the good of the community. And then they are incorrectly told, even if the public is behind them, that they have no remedies in the law.”

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →