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The Internet can be a despairing place at times. With cyber bullying, flame wars and trolling on a global scale, it's no small wonder that people are losing faith in humanity. Thanks to the crowd funding phenomenon, though, people are uniting for the common good, flipping the bird at all the trolls on the 'net. Here are four recent projects that really make you think that we can finally do some good.
Bearlove good, Cancer Bad - Matt Inman
|Source: The Oatmeal|
Inman responded by attempting to raise the $20,000 in donations and donating it all to The National Wildlife Federation and the American Cancer Society. Thanks to the support of his fans, Matt Inman raised over $200,000. That's incredible. The slimy lawyer who initiated the lawsuit is now trying to sue the charities themselves, showing that for every good deed there must be an equally douchebaggery deed.
Karen Klein's vacation
You might have seen the saddening video of a bus monitor being cruelly taunted and bullied by kids for 10 minutes straight. What makes it worse it that Klein never once retaliated; she took it like a champ, though you can see her crying several times in the video. The Internet was incensed at the way she was treated, and so a fund raiser was started to give her a holiday (let's be fair, if anyone deserves a break, it's her). The goal was $5,000 to let her have a little break, and instead over half a million dollars was raised. Karen can now retire and never have to deal with those little [redacted] ever again.
Tropes vs. Women in video games
This was a Kickstarter started by Anita Sarkessian as a means of analysing and deconstructing the ways that women have been portrayed in video games and what stereotypes exist. For a long time, video games were a male dominated niche and so this is a sound and interesting project. The project was very quickly latched onto by trolls who initiated a flame war against Anita, throwing all kinds of misogynist harassment and abuse at her. Luckily the Internet proved that not all gamers are complete morons and her campaign raised 25 times the original goal. Take that, trolls.
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What gives you faith in people? What keeps you optimistic despite the perils of Internet trolldom?