Critical Gaming Lab Director, Dr. Kishonna L Gray, recently attended the Notoriously Toxic Project workshop at Georgia State University. The Notoriously Toxic Project gathers scholars and practitioners to explore online communication’s frequently hateful, toxic and harassing speech. This 10-person group, representing disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and media industries, will focus on toxicity in the text-based chat systems of online games.
As Dr. Gray states, “This meeting was the beginning of a great endeavor to curb online hate and harassment. As a gamer and as a feminist game scholar I have experienced my share of sexism, racism, and other forms of harassment. I am glad to be a part of a motivated group that wants to improve conditions of our most marginalized users in technology.”
The next step for the project is to create the White Paper to fulfill the parameters set forth by the NEH grant. To follow the progress of the research and scholarship associated with this NEH funded project, visit the website at http://toxicity.gsu.edu/ and follow the twitter hashtag at #NotoriouslyToxic.