#YikYak: It’s not all bad; but, yes there are some bad parts & some actions we can take
I started using Yik Yak late in 2014, mostly to get a different look at my students on campus. Life for students has changed a lot since I started teaching here, let alone since I was an undergrad. I was drawn in by some posts about rape and domestic violence - topic that overlap with my teaching, writing, presenting and serving. I've been on it since and was asked to present about it. That turned into a revised and expanded version that's available here.
This draws exclusively on "the heard" at EMU, so parts of it are not applicable to other places. The description of what Yik Yak is, how it works, analysis of anonymity, and suggestions for activism can apply beyond the hyper-local.
Motivated to add this to the blog when I saw someone recently post to EMU's Yik Yak:
Shoutout to my herd for hearing about all my problems I could never tell anyone in real life. You da true MVP