Conversations with People Who Hate Me
As an outspoken blogger, social justice activist and gay man, Dylan Marron is an obvious target for trolls. Having fielded nasty missives from strangers for years, he's now determined to drag that hate into the light, shake it out, and ask: Who are you? And why do you hate me? In this podcast, he calls up the people who have left the worst comments for him online and starts a conversation. Armed with a relentlessly mild tone of voice and questions that end, innocently, with, "Do you agree?", he is able to connect with his haters in ways that are both blindingly obvious (e.g. the bullied will bully in turn) and totally unexpected. Marron insists that the point is not to debate the views of his guests, nor to legitimise them, nor to shoot them down. It is simply to enable a conversation between two people who don't agree and maybe stir up a little empathy. It's a modest goal, but one that seems increasingly out of reach in 2017. Two episodes are available, with more to come weekly.
Gateway episodes: Episode 2: Hurt People Hurt People (7 Aug 2017)
From: Night Vale Presents