Quite a lot has changed since we last spoke with Candace Owens, the founder and project leader of Social Autopsy. She’s gotten railroaded by both New York Magazine and The Washington Post. David Futrelle of We Hunted the Mammoth has written several hit pieces on her with even more promised. Her world has been turned upside down in more ways than one, but still she keeps on going. There’s definitely a lot to admire about that.
One thing I was struck by is her trusting nature. She seems to have honestly had no idea that there are all these warring factions and disreputable people out there who think nothing of ruining someone’s life if they get in the way or threaten to ruin their well-crafted narrative. She’s still doing events in the “real” world, having joined other women on stage just the other day in Connecticut to talk about overcoming adversity. Well, she’s certainly been getting another hefty dose of that recently. At least she’s got experience in coming out on the other side.
The theme of our talk last night was mostly about how journalists have not only let her down, but how they’ve let down their entire profession and indeed, the entire country. We touched on many things though, and also talked about what the future holds for both Ms. Owens and Social Autopsy. I asked her what role she thought race played in the attacks against her. We talked about online anonymity in general and what her views were on that. Randi Harper and her tweet to Zoe Quinn came up, she discussed Jesse Singal and Caitlyn Dewey in more detail, and I let her discuss what she thought about GamerGate now that she had a chance to interact with some of it’s participants. It was yet another detailed conversation where she got to talk at length about all the issues without a biased hack trying to shape the story.
I think this was a worthy second outing for us and in my opinion, this interview is a perfect companion piece to the first one. I think it elucidates her thoughts even further and lets you see her shining personality in even greater depth. Do I agree with every syllable she uttered? No. Can I safely say that she’s genuine and has always been above board in all our dealings? Yes, I most certainly can. I make no bones about it, I think she’s a good person and I really enjoy talking to her. I hope you guys get just as big a kick out of it as I did.
Maybe we’ll get the chance to catch up with her again here in a few weeks, if not sooner.