I Love Gawker Comments
Posted on October 16, 2014
So there was an article on Gawker titled Uber Fired a Driver Over a “Hateful” Tweet About the Company.
This post isn’t about the article, though it is an interesting enough read (who doesn’t hate Uber?). This post is about the comments. Well, this comment specifically:
The ever-present football-player rapist: “Posting images of text is my new least favorite thing on the internet. Raw text is eminently more useful and accessible.
This is like shit baby boomers who don’t understand computers do: printing out an email, writing a reply on the same sheet of paper, and scanning it back in.”
First, I need to give props for the hilarious and depressing Butthole Surfers screen name.
Second, well, just read the author’s question followed by The ever-present football-player rapist‘s response:
Nitasha Tiku: “You’re mad that a screenshot of an email was used to show the existence of an email?”
The ever-present football-player rapist: “Rather than copy-and-pasting the text? Yeah, kinda.
Neither is more valid proof than the other, and visually impaired people can still access a text version with the help of screen-reading software.
I get that it’s Ortiz, not you, who posted the original image, but it would have been nice to have it transcribed, rather than simply reproduced.”
Lesson? Inclusion is not always so cut and dry.
NPR added transcripts to their website and saw a 7% increase in site visits. Perhaps Gawker could profit from the point The ever-present football-player rapist made. Inclusion is a business model.
My name is Liz Jackson and I write about the stigma of disability. I tend to focus on why I believe the mainstream inclusion of assistive devices would make for a profitable business venture. I have an idea about how to reduce the stigma of assistive devices. It may not be the best idea in the world, but I haven’t really been able to find any other ideas. I’d love your support. I have always wanted Gawker’s support.