I’ve never had a Yik Yak, and I never will. Especially after listening to this podcast. Its time we open our eyes to the truths of anonymity. The things you say about people have an effect, and a lasting one. They are seen by real people with real feelings, crazy huh?
Melissa Menendez was one of the many to tell their story. Being diverse at her predominately white college was the root of all her problems on Yik Yak. It must have been so easy for someone to write those things, with intentions of getting a laugh. It must have been so easy to disconnect themselves from it, because they weren’t the name popping up. Hearing perspectives like this, opens your eyes. You rarely hear the victims side on these types of things. Think of how many things we see on the internet and spend so much time laughing at without acknowledging that those are real people we are laughing at. We are all monsters behind a key board.
Overall, I see no good coming out of the Yik Yak app. To me it seems to encourage harassment, rumors, and gossip. It puts too much power in the hand of anybody.