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ACB gets influx of new users with the closing of JuicyCampus

You might notice that if you go to the now-defunct juicycampus.com, it redirects you to CollegeACB. CollegeACB was created earlier this year (I guess, technically, last year, but this school year) by Aaron Larner ’08 and Andrew Mann from JHU, but is now owned and operated by Peter Frank ’12. Most of the Wesleyan ACB activity switched over from its old home on LiveJournal to the CollegeACB site soon after it was created.

Despite these efforts to draw in the old JuicyCampus crowd to the site, CollegeACB distinguishes itself quite clearly from JuicyCampus in its recent press release:

The site is devoted to promoting actual discussion, not provoking salacious posts or personal attacks. Its mission statement reads: “The College ACB or College Anonymous Confession Board seeks to give students a place to vent, rant, and talk to college peers in an environment free from social constraints and about subjects that might otherwise be taboo.”

Such a philosophy sets the ACB apart from Juicy Campus, a website that fostered superficial interactions, often derogatory and needlessly crude. By contrast, the ACB consistently hosts a higher level of discourse—while still making room for the occasional gossip post.

Other differences between the ACB and the now-defunct Juicy prove more than superficial. The ACB employs an innovative user-moderation button, which allows for easy yet unobtrusive regulation. Any post that might be threatening, libelous, or otherwise illegal, is immediately brought to the webmaster’s attention.

Read the full press release here.

Juicy Campus Going Out of Business

Anonymous haterade is not the most profitable product in this economic climate – the online college-gossip-mongering website Juicy Campus is going out of business.

Juicy Campus caused a media stir when it became popular at some large schools last year, and some of us were worried that it might take hold at Wesleyan and magnify the worst aspects of the ACB. Luckily you weren’t interested, and now it seems that there is some decency in the world.

Valleywag: Juicy Campus Going Out of Business

Problems with Juicycampus & other "online rumor websites"

Holly Wood ’08 sends in an article that prominently features JuicyCampus.com… you know, the gossip website that made an attempt a while ago to take away posters from the Wesleyan ACB and failed miserably.
The header of JuicyCampus says “C’mon. Give us the juice. Posts are totally, 100% anonymous.” In contrast, the CollegeACB header says “Speak your mind. The anonymous confession board gives students a place to vent, rant, and talk to their peers about things that might otherwise be considered taboo.
The Reader’s Digest article recounts:

When Vanderbilt University freshman Chelsea Gorman was raped near campus in the spring of 2007, her life was shattered. She told only her close friends about the ordeal and left school for the rest of the semester after she began suffering panic attacks, but by last March she was back in Nashville and putting her life together. Then she got a phone call from a friend. The story of her rape had been posted on the Internet.

“Chelsea Gorman Deserved It” was the title of a message posted on juicycampus.com, a popular website dedicated to anonymous gossip about college students. “Everyone thinks she’s so sweet, but she got what she deserved,” wrote the unnamed author of the post, who went on to express envy for her rapist. Suddenly the whole campus knew about the devastating attack, and Gorman’s fellow students talked about it in front of her.

“The business model of these sites is hate,” says Parry Aftab, a lawyer who specializes in Internet privacy and security issues. “They’re promoting it. They’re encouraging you to say outrageous things.”

Smear someone in a traditional media outlet, like a newspaper or a talk show, and you can end up in court. But the law that Congress passed in 1996 establishing basic Internet regulations prevents website hosts from being held responsible for what outsiders post on their sites. In other words, the law says that the kind of defamation that would get the New York Times sued is fair game on JuicyCampus.

I’m not sure that this is so far off from something that could happen on our own CollegeACB. The article goes on to discuss other websites that encourage invasive gossip, ways to deal with online harassment, and the possibility for legal action.

Maybe next time you write on CollegeACB, think before you post?

[EDIT] Check out our previous coverage of JuicyCampus:

[ /EDIT by Justin, 4:37 PM]

Beware the ACB

Quick note: The JuicyCampus “scandal” that has been causing such a frenzy in news media lately may no longer fall so far from home. A major CT newspaper has contacted the founder of the original ACB for an interview. We knew this moment was coming…

JuicyCampus.com Controversy

So JuicyCampus.com – the younger but more global version of the ACB – is getting a lot of attention in the media. It was created by “Mr. Ivester” of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and according to a NYT article, a student from Yale has had a porn film exposed and there’s been the general outing of who’s a slut, a bitch, etc. But according to the site’s terms, you can’t write anything
“unlawful, threatening, abusive, tortious, defamatory, obscene, libelous, or invasive of another’s privacy.”
Now colleges like Columbia and Yale are trying to ban it and the feds are getting involved. Ivester has the communications decency act to help him out, and at the same time, there’s a site called reputationdefender.com where people can remove anything they don’t like being said about them on the internet. So would it be juicy if it were white-washed? And where would the ACB stand in all of this?

EDIT: Check out our prior coverage of JuicyCampus. (Justin)

And you thought the ACB was bad…

Have you heard about Juicy Campus?

I hadn’t, until I came across a column in Newsweek’s Education section called “Modern-Day McCarthyism“. In the column, Evan Thomas, a journalism professor at Princeton, compares Juicy Campus to Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s smear tactics in the 1950s:

The bullies and gossips have found a way of exploiting a new medium—the Internet—to have their fun. Unlike McCarthy, who craved publicity, the modern-day campus blowhards thrive on anonymity. But they are alike in knowing how to use the medium of the moment to attract large audiences to smear individuals, who have no effective recourse.

What’s Juicy Campus, you ask? Mr. Thomas can explain:

Juicycampus.com, the Web site for campus gossip that urges students to “just give us the juice,” has been popular since it arrived at Princeton earlier this winter. Postings entitled “Most overrated Princeton student” and “Sluttiest Girl,” along with another discussing who was rejected by Princeton’s eating clubs, were viewed more than 10,000 times, according to the school paper, the Daily Princetonian.

From what I’ve seen of it, Juicy Campus is the ACB on steroids.

Check out Juicy Campus and you’ll see what I mean. Select your campus and anonymous cruelty is readily available and easily categorized. Want to read some dirt on your English professor? Click on the Faculty/Administration tab. Smear your enemies on the Students tab, or let loose on the frat that failed to give you a bid on the Greek Organizations tab.

With a single click (on the Virginia Tech page, for example), you can read about how “Kelley F******* is a self-centered whore “. Not enough? Maybe you didn’t know that “DZ girls are SLUTS”:

bottom line is, if you want pussy: go knock at their door. they’re always ‘open’ and i assure you they don’t mind. their argument is: “sure, we’re sluts but at least we’re popular”

After you cut through the talk of pregnancies, penis sizes, and the various venereal diseases of different girls on campus, don’t forget to check out the number of epithets hurled at unpopular professors.

You can even help build community on the site by rating each post’s juiciness!

I guess my biggest problem with this sort of anonymous online gossip is, well… is this not the kind of stuff that encourages people to shoot up their high schools? Or colleges? And what, if any, positive contribution to society can come of this sort of anonymous malice? What light (or rather, darkness) does this shed on the ACB? And on anonymous comments on blogs such as this one?