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SXSW panel on harassment cancelled due to harassment. No, really.

SXSW’s Big Tent (Artist’s conception)

Another one for the HUGE GIGANTIC IRONY file: A panel on online harassment, scheduled for the 2016 SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, was cancelled today due to threats of violence.

The panel organizer, Caroline Sinders, got an email from SXSW organizers explaining that the panel wouldn’t be happening because

we have already received numerous threats of violence regarding this panel, so a civil and respectful environment seems unlikely in March in Austin.

The note went on to explain that “[f]or this reason, we have also cancelled other sessions at the 2016 event that focused on the Gamergate controversy.”

By “other sessions” SXSW actually meant only one other session, a putative discussion of “the Gaming Community” featuring a panel of Gamergaters.

The panel on harassment, while featuring Gamergate critics/targets Randi Lee Harper and Katherine Cross, was not intended to be an anti-Gamergate panel as such, but a wider discussion of harassment online.

SXSW’s public statement on the cancellation of both panels, which echoed some of the language of the email sent to Sinders, had a weird, victim-blamey tone to it. Declaring that “SXSW prides itself on being a big tent and a marketplace of diverse people and diverse ideas,” the statement went on to explain why SXSW had tossed both panels out of the tent:

[P]reserving the sanctity of the big tent at SXSW Interactive necessitates that we keep the dialogue civil and respectful. If people can not agree, disagree and embrace new ways of thinking in a safe and secure place that is free of online and offline harassment, then this marketplace of ideas is inevitably compromised.

Of course, the “marketplace of ideas” is also compromised if harassers can shut down discussions they don’t like with threats.

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freemage
freemage
7 years ago

mockingbird: That is AWESOME! Nice to see the continuing efforts finally showing some dividends.

Ace
Ace
7 years ago

@Scented Fucking Hard Chairs I’m not sure I’d disagree that someone is a Gator. Like seven or eight posts back someone linked an article- in it, the writer talks about how the Gator panel was all but guaranteed to be dismissed, since the people submitting it were seen harassing people in the upvote/downvote comments. That was supposed to automatically get them out, since it’s against the terms; but a new staffer apparently approved it anyway, and dismissed a non-GG panel instead.

Shaenon
7 years ago

… Would it be conspiratorial of me if I said “Nevermind, forget Fair And Balanced™, I think one of the SXSW organisers is a #Gater”?

I think it’s just a lazy, cowardly effort to placate both sides (that is, the side of Gamergate and the side of Everyone Else), with a dollop of “if people just stop talking about harassment we won’t have to deal with it.” The Geek Social Fallacies are strong in this decision, particularly the notion that maintaining the “big tent” is more important than dealing with problems inside the tent.

I also want to correct an error in my earlier post when I said KiA targeted panels with Brianna Wu. They also went after panels with Randi Harper, another popular Gamergate villain. The final harassment panel that just got cancelled had Harper on it.

Arawhon, Beast of the Matriacholypse
Arawhon, Beast of the Matriacholypse
7 years ago

Holy shit, that letter from Kluwe is EPIC!

freemage
freemage
7 years ago

Kluwe was probably one of the best guys to come out of the NFL.

Crip Dyke
7 years ago

Chris Kluwe has, for me, single-handedly redefined the phrase

Punted on an issue.

From now on, I will only use that phrase to mean “kicked the hell out of it.”

lm
lm
7 years ago

There’s been a change.org petition to have the Anti-Harassment panel (only one of them, note) reinstated:

https://www.change.org/p/sxsw-protect-your-community-sxsw-don-t-cancel-panels-on-the-harassment-of-women

It’s been up two days; it only needs 67 signatures (at this writing) to get to 500.

mockingbird
mockingbird
7 years ago

This was briefly discussed at the opening of today’s Kojo Nnamdi Show:

http://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2015-11-03/computer-guys-and-gal

With some continuing commentary as callers chimed in.

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