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How Facebook helped a woman with a rare disease find the freedom to be herself
The Daily Dot (Licensed)
It’s not all doom and gloom on Facebook after all.
Most of the tales that come out of Facebook these days are about the attention-sucking qualities that make it terrible for mental health and democracy.
But there are shining beacons of hope where the platform has empowered communities that could not exist IRL or elsewhere on the Internet.
Ashley Eakin is a filmmaker with an extremely rare bone disease that caused her great insecurity when posting online. That all changed when a powerful video about her story went viral across Facebook.
The Facebook groups that since formed around coping with “physical differences” have profoundly changed her life—and the lives of others in this new online community.
This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet stuff on stage) talk with Eakin about her inspiring story of personal struggle and empowerment.
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Matt Silverman is the director of video and producer of 2 Girls 1 Podcast at the Daily Dot. He has been making internet shows and viral videos for nearly a decade, and has directed top talent including John Oliver, Kevin Bacon, Kate McKinnon, Alton Brown, and the Sesame Street Muppets. Silverman is also the creator of FREE DAD VIDEOS, a comedy and music channel with his young children.