COM0011 Post #4 – The Evolution of Hate

To every positive, there is a negative. Social Media has given us the power to share our thoughts, feelings, interests, and more, and connect with people all over the world like we never could before. It’s a powerful tool with many positive aspects. However, this power has also allowed people to use it for a more darker purpose. It comes in many shapes and forms, but when it boils down to it, it’s simply known as Cyber Bullying.

I ask you to direct your attention to the short video below, as it describes the basics of what Cyber Bullying consists of- if you don’t know already.

Now, I’m sure this is a concept that isn’t new to you. However, it’s becoming a bigger problem on a much larger scale. Teens are falling under the pressures of these poisonous individuals and their increasingly vicious words. I have a few examples of just how atrocious these anonymous attacks can be. I’ve taken the liberty of blurring out usernames, as well as some of the more colourful vocabulary used, for the sake of the public.

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These are just three examples of the thousands of hate messages that get sent to people everyday. My question is, why? It’s always been said that bullies bully because they’re unhappy and uncomfortable in their own lives. But, I can’t help but wonder what the cause is behind these anonymous attacks, and why they’ve become

so vicious. Before the internet, I’d never seen such intense bullying in my everyday life on the schoolyard as a child.

What changed? Is it the false sense of anonymity and security that these individuals possess, as stated in the video above? It’s curious to think about. Especially when one takes a look at a post like this.

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While the message from this series of event should be “Don’t send anyone hate period”, I find it curious that this particular anonymous individual seemed to understand the consequences of what their actions mean if this user actually had taken their life. So, what is the motive in sending these messages to people? Is it out of some sick form of amusement? Boredom? I find it scary to think about the possibilities myself.

Even scarier is what’s occurring as a result of this hate. Victims are starting to spread hate of their own out of frustration to innocent parties. That’s right, people who have done absolutely nothing wrong are receiving hate of their own from victims of bullying simply because they share similar traits to their attackers.

I don’t know about you, but I find the online community becoming a scarier and scarier place with each passing moment.

What do you think can be done to solve the problem of hate online? Personally, I think we need to start educating children and teens about the consequences of their actions both online and offline a bit more than we already do. Especially when it comes to sending online messages of hate and death threats.

(all examples used in this post are taken from Tumblr.)

7 thoughts on “COM0011 Post #4 – The Evolution of Hate

  1. Wow – I can’t beleive these messages – like you say, it’s hard to imagine someone would actually think such degrading, meanful things. I do think that the fact of being to be anonymous on social media makes them feel they can say anything and does not allow people to understand the effect of what their words may have because it is not a live discussion, face to face. The example you give is just that: person does not feel it was serious comments, however, than reacts and says, I do not want to be responsible for someone’s suicide. Well, think twice about what you post or say – they are your words therefore you are responsible. Since there is a “wall” between technology and real life – they feel like they can say things like these….And also they are just plain mean disgusting people to write things like these…I think that cyber bullying is a huge problem, and is becoming more important online than in real life! Now that is just disturbing!

    • Perhaps so! I guess the reality of the situation didn’t quite click until the person they had targeted disappeared. Hopefully they at least learned from that experience. But, I definitely agree with you. Bullying online seems to be growing into a bigger problem than it is in real life, which is very much disturbing.

  2. I think they were really scared with you response to their messages.
    I would like to share this post with people I work with but I do not want to do it unless you do not mind.
    I work in the Centre for Student with Disabilities at Algonquin and think this post will be really insightful for my colleagues (CSD counseling and other in Student Support), let me know if I can pass it along.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • These weren’t directly sent to me, but actually a post I stumbled across while browsing on my own Tumblr account. Feel free to share this, however. The original poster had made a point of sharing this with Tumblr, so I don’t see any reason that it cannot be shared with your colleagues. Especially since it’s a really important message, I feel.

      • Figured I’d ask since I ask because these posts are course related and it just seems polite to check in before taking work outside of the people in the course.
        Thanks,

  3. This sends shivers down my spine. Having children who are not yet teens. Being a teenager is hard enough without added pressures.
    My fear is with anyone able to create an account with a fake name, how can those accused of “cyber bullying” be identified?

    • I agree. It’s getting harder and harder to track down the people behind these attacks. There are IP addresses that can be connected to the user to track the person down, but it’s really easy to get and use a different IP address if you don’t want someone to find you as well.

      Scary stuff.

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