Being flamed, defriended and forced to relurk: Understanding the causes of online anti-social behaviour towards women

Being flamed, defriended and forced to relurk: Understanding the causes of online anti-social behaviour towards women

Jonathan Bishop

What is clear from documents since the dawn of civilisation to now is that men have tried to assert a dominant role over women. The current time we are in, where most online interactions are preserved, provides current researchers with the same opportunity as historians, to examine the role of women in the society we currently live in. This talk will present the findings of a number of investigations into rape threats, misogyny, and blog narratives relating to the defriending of women. It will also look at case studies of where women assert their independence, including data from a longitudinal study into the way women access media.

Further information

This abstract was submitted to the conference, “Scold’s to Trolls; Social and Legal Responses to Visible and Audible Women,” which was due to be held on 15 September 2015 at Lancaster University.

Abstract: The Leveson Inquiry in a European Context

The following abstract was submitted to the European Law Review:

The biggest story in the newspapers of 2012 probably made it into the Leveson Inquiry. This celebrity infested public inquiry intended to be the basis on which the press would be reformed to perform its role as information sources that scrutinise those with power more effectively. This paper explores the role that European Union law in the areas of property and privacy has on the way the media operations. This is achieved through exploring the issues surrounding the British Royal Family, where such issues came to the forefront following the exposure of explicit photographs of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William Wales and Kate Middleton, and also those of Harry Wales.

Apocalypse – Imagining the End Submission

For centuries there has been mystique around the Four Horse Men of the Apocalypse and Revelations in general. This paper shows through regression analysis that Conquest could represent when Solomon became King, War represents the splitting of the Tribes of Israel after Solomon’s line was challenged. Equally, Famine represents the holocaust-like conditions imposed on the Arabs in the Holy Land by the assumed Israel State today, and Death, which is predicted to occur around the year 3,000, represents the return of Christ.

The paper also discusses the role of the Bible as an insight into apocalyptic pasts in the world history.  It is argued that the creation of life on earth is cyclical, and this can be explained by science, and associated with Biblical myths which could be re-tellings of folk tales based on this scientific reality, passed down generations as memes.

The creation and increase in population of mankind in Genesis 1 and 9 can be considered to represent the interbreeding of homo-genus species. The condemnation of mankind for its wrong doings in Genesis 6:1-6 and Romans 1, which can be seen to be reflected in the holocaust of many of God’s children in the Holy Land in the case of the latter. The following drowning of the species in Genesis 6:8 to 8:22 and Revelations 6 can be seen to represent the peak of climate change, where torrential weather conditions drive most species to their death for over indulging in the user of carbon resources.

It can therefore be seen that the creation of mankind is a repeating process, which comes after the flooding of the world (by God or climate change), and is followed by the creation of man (by evolution, or God as Genesis 3), or other advanced beings. If the regression analysis presented is accurate, then theologically Revelations will happen around the year 3,000 where climate change would wipe out all those beings whom cannot live under water as the mammals that evolved from being on the sea to the land after an earlier climate change – or even on top of the water, as with Noah in Genesis 6-9.

Journal Paper Rejected for not being in correct style!

This quite controversial paper was submitted to a journal which is related to the topic. It was rejected for not being in the correct APA format. Maybe the contents were to challenging to the status quo?

Journal Paper Rejection for not meeting the style guide by Jonathan Bishop

Growing online communities: Understanding the profile of lurkers

The following abstract was submitted to the Computers in Human Behaviour journal:

Increasing participation has long been seen as a way additional to new technology of helping online communities to grow. Online community managers may well advertise their website on other service platforms, but with up 90% of the visitors to their site being non-participants, referred to as lurkers, they could do no better than improving their website to tackle lurker fears.

This paper presents the ‘participation continuum’ for understanding why some users are posters, and do participate, and why others are lurkers, and do not contribute. The paper considers lurkers as victims of the failures of those manage online communities to encourage involvement from them by combating the fears they have. The main fears of lurkers are explored and solutions for overcoming them explained.

A later version of the paper was published by IGI Global as: “The Psychology of Trolling and Lurking: The Role of Defriending and Gamification for Increasing Participation in Online Communities Using Seductive Narratives.