Hello, I'm Scott Reitherman, originally from Half Moon Bay, California via Seattle, and I'm interested in conversations about animal rights. I think there's great internal and external value in confronting our culturally engrained ideas about eating meat, and I follow the work of organizations like Direct Action Everywhere and Condition One who use the 'empathy machine' capabilities of VR and 360 filmmaking to document realities of factory farming and their activists' open rescue work, and then distribute these stories via the web.
It can be really difficult to create productive dialogue in this area, and I think I often make antagonistic missteps in my own conversations with friends. Why are these conversations so tricky? Can I become more sophisticated in my approach so that the end result is more often a net positive? How successful is social media in promoting these causes? And what are the best practice examples of collaborative systems that aspire to give voice to the voiceless and educate folks about the environmental impacts of our everyday behaviors?