walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Cordray at Peeple responds to the Rage

I first encountered references to Peeple on my FB feed, in the form of a Shakesville link and some accompanying commentary.

Here is the Shakesville link. I don't recommend actually reading it. It is _quite_ vicious to Cordray over at Peeple.


Recently, Julia Cordray of Peeple has responded to the generalized rage in the form of an essay publicized at LinkedIn. Here is the LinkedIn link. I _do_ recommend actually reading it.


I'm a little unclear on why some of my friends and Shakesville think that the sort of language used at Shakesville to condemn this woman are okay, but the kind of language likely to show up at Peeple is NOT okay. Look, the Internet means that there's a certain permanence and pervasiveness to our basically judgy human nature that wasn't the case before (or at least not if you didn't own your own printing press or have lots of time to take your box down to the park and yell imprecations at the crowd every day). That's kind of a bummer, on the one hand, and kind of a benefit on the other hand. I suspect the concern with Peeple is that it will behave the way something like it would behave in the hands of a bunch of Mean Girls from high school or college. In practice, Peeple is likely to fail quickly (most things do!), and if it succeeds, it'll probably assemble some fairly nuanced and complex policies to address the issues which do arise.

But assembling reviews of persons in one place doesn't seem categorically worse or even that different from slagging them one at a time on our blogs. And failing to notice that while doing it seems weirdly ... wrong, but hey, lots of things seem wrong to me.
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