Reaction to Ellen Pao’s departure from Reddit

By John Carpenter

Blue Sky Reporter

After a weekend that saw some Internet commenters alternately tut-tutting and high-fiving over the Friday departure of Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, a few themes have emerged.

Just about everyone condemns the torrent of misogynistic, vile, personal attacks against Pao from some Reddit community members, wondering how it is that one of the Internet’s more heavily trafficked sites can be commandeered by anonymous keyboard cowboys who seem to hate women.

“The terrorists of the Internet have their first scalp,” wrote Beth Winegarner on Sunday in The Guardian, in a widely shared article entitled “How Ellen Pao lost her job but survived Reddit’s swamp of trolls.”

To read the rest of this story, published in the Chicago Tribune July 13, 2015 click here.

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