Gaming the Dynamics of Online Harassment

Authors: Veale, Kevin

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  • Argues that online communities focused on harassment and abuse function as Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) where the collective goal is to ruin the lives of those they target
  • Seeks to engage with topical issues regarding how digital and cultural infrastructures shape political movements across the globe
  • Illustrates that tools for mitigating and preventing online harassment are possible and affordable
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This book argues that online harassment communities function as Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) where the collective goal is to ruin peoples’ lives.  Framing these communities like ARGs highlights ways to limit their impact in the future, partly through offering people better ways to control their own safety online.

The comparison also underlines the complicity of social networks in online harassment, since the communities use their designs as tools.  Social networks know this, and need to work on minimizing the problem, or acknowledge that they are profiting through promoting abuse. 

About the authors

Kevin Veale is a Lecturer in Media Studies for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University in Aotearoa-New Zealand.  His work focuses on storytelling across media forms, and exploring the ways that different forms of mediation shape the affective experiences of the stories they mediate.

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"This book is a fresh and original take on the topic of online hate and harassment. Veale provides an insightful and comprehensive account of the major developments and milestones in the history of online harassment campaigns, explaining their complex dynamics, both at the level of personal interaction and platform complicity. This book is a timely contribution to a steadily growing body of work that seeks to reconceptualise online hate as terrorism, and - most importantly - to find solutions to this problem."

Dr. Debbie Ging, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Dublin City University, UK

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 42,79 €
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Hardcover 51,99 €
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  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions & severe weather in the US may cause delays
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gaming the Dynamics of Online Harassment
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-60410-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-60410-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-60409-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 168
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