By Justin Hodgson
In 2015, Heather Harlow submitted this project to TheJUMP – one of the last projects we accepted before beginning the slow migration to our new site. Our reviewers loved this project, but timing constraints meant that it didn’t quite make it into Issue 6.1. In many cases, a two-year delay on publishing works like this often renders the work irrelevant—as technologies and cultures shift so rapidly. But Harlow’s project, which picks up with Douglas Ruskoff’s work on identity, anonymity, and civility on the internet, actually seems timelier now given today’s web culture and social media frenzy. While this project will fully release with Issue 7.1 (Fall Semester publication), we wanted to offer it here as a mid-summer teaser for the upcoming fall issue. Enjoy!
In this video, Harlow explores the ideas of Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of the book, Program or Be Programmed. According to Harlow, Rushkoff believes empathy is “a cure for incivility online,” and to achieve this “we need to drop the veil of anonymity and be ourselves.”