Lindy West’s Buzzfeed interview “How to Slay Trolls and Influence People.”

Have we seen this? What are our thoughts on it?

Specifically, this part:

Sometimes stuff happened in the office that I just wasn’t privy to because I was so far away. But I also wasn’t a very good Gawker Media employee. I didn’t go in the comments as much as I was supposed to. We were supposed to go engage with at least one person on each post and I just never did it. I was like, you know what, I’m not gonna do this and let’s see what happens. Are you gonna fire me for not talking to these horrible people who hate me?

Now my memory may be a little spotty here but my impression from Lindy’s Jez days was that she was well-loved, and that she interacted fairly frequently with commenters. But yes, her stories seemed to attract disproportionately more trolls simply because she has the audacity to be a feminist guilty of “existing while fat.” So I can’t blame her for being disillusioned with all this shit.

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