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:

Gawker Inclusive Comment

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:

Gawker Inclusive Comment

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.

What Others Are Saying

  1. lb October 16, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I’m assuming the fact that you pasted these in as “images of text” is some kind of meta-irony! BUT just for the sake of those who can’t read them:

    Image 1:
    [The ever-present football-player rapist said:]
    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.

    Image 2:
    [Nitasha Tiku said:]
    You’re mad that a screenshot of an email was used to show the existence of an email?

    [The ever-present football-player rapist said:]

    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.

    • The Girl with the Purple Cane October 16, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      HAHA!!! You beat me! I was so excited to post this that I did it as a multi-parter and was juuust about to post. Awkward. Love it. Props.

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