Troll Target? Just Change Your Profile Pic

Mikki Kendalli {the guardian} is a writer, pop culture analyst and social commentator. And as an African American female doing that writing and social commenting, she is subjected to a ton of vitriol from anonymous Internet commenters and Twitter trolls.

She recently decided to fight back, sort of. She changed her profile picture to that of a white man. The difference was remarkable.

She didn’t change what she wrote about. She didn’t cover up her identity; she even still referred to herself as a woman. But the hateful comments stopped—for the most part.

Check out the episode {tldr} for her story and for more about how she conducted her research. (She also got some white men to change their profile pictures to black women so they could experience life on the Internet in her shoes—and the change had the effect you might expect.)

Last Man to Know Who Won the Super Bowl

Love this story {tldr}:

Every year, a small group of sports fans scattered across the US play a game called “Last Man.” The goal is to be the last man in America to find out who won the Super Bowl.

It gets pretty brutal too. People create twitter accounts just to ruin the competition for these guys, using handles like “ravens_won” to communicate with those-who-would-rather-not-know.

Definitely worth a listen.