The violence of discourse in no way stacks up against the life-and-death violence committed by military powers, extremists, and civilians. How do these very different levels of action intersect? The internet and the world are not always so distinct, but sometimes the internet is faster than the world. Online commentary often breeds antagonism instead of discussion: the looping comment thread that grows more and more terse as you scroll down. I almost always stop reading. How can writing address the difficulty and potential violence inherent in language itself? ...

— “From the river to the river, to the river, to the river: The language of boycott,” dérive - Zeitschrift für Stadtforschung, 2015.

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