Hate on the Internet: the Pitfalls of (Online) Activism
How does online hate affect society as a whole― activists as individuals and movements in general? The so-called racist and sexist “shitstorms” on the Internet are rarely organic, but mostly organised and in many cases even carefully orchestrated to silence activists. However, their most powerful method of silencing has nothing to do with how outspoken an activist is and how vocal they stay after being targeted - their most effective method involves the audience, their perception of individuals, topics, norms and discourses. To last and survive, online activism will have to shift from a reactive to a proactive movement.
Kübra Gümüşay is a journalist, public speaker and award-winning activist. She has launched several campaigns against racism, sexism and extremism and writes for major German newspapers and magazines such as Die Zeit, Zeit Campus, Taz and many others. As a public speaker, she speaks about internet, politics, feminism, plurality, racism & Islam. Starting her column at Taz in 2010, she became the first hijabi columnist in Germany. In 2011 she was listed amongst the “Top 30 under 30” journalists by Medium Magazin. Her blog “Ein Fremdwörterbuch” was nominated for the Grimme Online Award in 2011. In 2012 she was portrayed as one of 50 personalities in the book “50 Jahre 50 Menschen” for the 50th anniversary of German-Turkish migration.