Social media and potentially offensive material....how/do you mediate?
19 Aug 2009 - 9:23am
3 years ago
Yesterday I was reading this post in NY Magazine.....about Disney hiring David Mamet to help write a new movie version of The Diary of Anne Frank. Now I don't know how anyone who is familiar with Mamet's work doesn't have a moment of what that could sound like flashing in their head. I certainly did before I even read the post. What stunned me though was the comments about it. Many people found it offensive and "not funny".
This brought up the question for me about social media these days and the good use of freedom of speech it seems to allow. But what happens when something that is out there is considered, by readers, to be offensive? How do you mediate, or should you even attempt to? Do you let the conversation go where it may? I've seen people who let it and it can be wonderful in the end, but it can go too far sometimes too.
In some research I did not too long back about blogs - in particular corporate blogs - a guy Marken mentioned that blogs work best when they are based on: candor,pithiness, urgency, controversy, timeliness, and utility. And another woman, Nicholson, defined 5 types of bloggers - two of which were the Blaster and the Instigator - both of whom loved to initiate controversy. So then this particular post on Mamet/Anne Frank was only doing its job, right?
As a designer of UX though, I wonder if you are going to go that route what planning you need to do to consider the ramifications - even if it's just to decide you wont' do anything about it. If you wanted to have some affordance though, what would it be? Has anyone seen anything interesting going on?