The Affective Labor of Wikipedia: GamerGate, Harassment, and Peer Production.Social Text
A longer response on the affective labor of fear, Wikipedia, and GamerGate from Michael Mandiberg. This grew out of our response for the Dazeddigitalarticle.
Key takeaway: “This perseverance comes at […] the emotional cost of constantly ‘edit out “bad” or “faithless” definitions.’ These kinds of harassment, while of a different scale, are of the same category as the harassment they mete out against Anita Sarkeesian, Zoe Quinn, Brianna Wu, et al. This is a kind of affective labor: the labor of being afraid.”