OSU and UNL blogs aim to raise awareness of hateful speech online
- Students at Ohio State University and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln are attempting to increase awareness of hateful online speech by some of their fellow students with two blogs: "OSU Haters" and "UNL Haters."
- UNL Haters was inspired by OSU Haters, and both blogs serve as collections of student Tweets and posts--with posters' names clearly visible--that mock or degrade various groups based on race, gender or sexual orientation.
- The sites have inspired student action and administrative discussion, including several townhall meetings at OSU, aimed at addressing the issue of hate speech.
From the article:
Most people would be shocked to see a poster on campus that said, "I hate the Asians that go to the rec," or to hear a student declare, "every Asian that walks past us in the oval wants to eat our dog." These statements weren't spoken; they were tweeted. New blogs at two universities, Ohio State University and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, are broadcasting offensive posts to remind students that tweeting hateful things is no better than saying hateful things and that the web is not a private place. ...
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