Friday, March 22, 2013

outrage culture and capitalism: on firing Adria Richards and Michael Brutsch, and blacklisting Orson Scott Card

Outrage culture loves getting people fired. Adrian Chen at Gawker outed Michael Brutsch as Violentacrez, even though Brutsch told Chen he was, as it turned out, rightfully afraid for his job. A petition was circulated to get Orson Scott Card blacklisted at DC Comics.

But now the worm has begun to eat itself: Adria Richards humiliated a man on Twitter who was sitting near her and making jokes about software to a friend. He was fired. Then Richards was fired. Here's a good account: Adria Richards, PyCon, and How We All Lost | Amanda Blum.

The best comment I've seen is a tweet from Jason DePriest:
"The dude shouldn’t have been fired and neither should Adria. Thanks American Corporations for shitting all over employees. Maybe the two comapanies should just swap employees instead of putting two people out of work during a recession."