How do we transform online engagement over the most important issues in the public square?
Lately many websites have discussed the problem of Internet trolls, with some cancelling comments and others removing anonymous commenting abilities. The latter is a step in the right direction, but we still face serious challenges in that trolls not only crowd intelligent discourse, data indicates that their negative comments can alter perceptions of ideas for the worse. Since the Internet has become an extension of the public square now shifted into cyberspace, and anyone can have a global impact, how do we fix things?
I'm working on a project with the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy. It's an online resource called The World Table. It is designed to transform negative behavior online in engagement over issues of serious disagreement, from religion to politics and more. It draws upon the principles of social psychology, and has great potential to transform social media. We need other social entrepreneurs to think this through and experiment with us. We are now in beta testing. I wonder if I could ask folks to take a look at our intro video and consider signing up at http://www.theworldtable.org.
After taking a look and seeing what we're doing, maybe even trying it out yourself, what do you think? And how else might we transform the trolls so we can work together for the common good in the global public square?
Closing Statement from John Morehead
Unfortunately, we did not have much by way of participation in this conversation. My questions remain, but I hope folks will explore this with me, whether here or at The World Table.
I do need to correct a misunderstanding by Fritzie Reisner. First, I was open in posting my question, and the website I linked to is open as well. Second, The World Table is not owned by or affiliated with the Mormon Church. It is a part of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, a separate non-profit incorporated in New York with a religiously diverse board with plans to expand this diversity and representation of religious traditions. I don't know how these dots were incorrectly connected, but it is an unfortunate error. This closing comment sets the record straight. For those with questions about The World Table, FRD, or online civility, please do not hesitate to contact me.