The Vice of Bullying

In the Vice Online section of the readings, I’ve decided to discuss more about what I have learned about Cyber-Bullying and discuss some of my thoughts and opinions on the subject.

First and foremost, let me start off by saying that Cyber-bullying is an ever increasing phenomena found (only) on the web. Being just as bad or ,arguably, worse than “real life” bullying, cyber bullying is relentless and can cause emotional problems and and anxiety to those targeted in attacks.

There are many reasons why cyber bullying happens and why it still persists, but if thought about in simple terms the central reason becomes clear. On the internet, it is presumed that there are no consequences to such delinquent action and therefore encourages people to act on those base desires in their hearts and torment others verbally to their hearts content. Cyber-bullies, also known as trolls, live on the exchange of comments between users (themselves and the victim and/or observers of the conversation) to draw their pleasure from. Of course, the natural thing to do when encountering such harassment is to not take the bait, so to speak, and simply ignore it. That, however, is akin to putting a band-aid over a wound that needs stitches. It doesn’t address the problem and will most likely make it even worse in the future.

As mentioned in the article, Cyber Bullying, is committed by a number of different people for any kind of reason. Contrary to what the article states at the end, regarding how cyber-bullies are unstoppable, I believe this is not so. In fact, I have heard multiple reports and have read numerous comments regarding this very topic that prove quite the contrary as well. I was not able to find the news article I am about to mention specifically, but I once read on BBC about a man who was sentenced to serve a jail sentence and pay fines for “trolling” or “desecrating” a facebook tribute page of a deceased little girl.

For the sake of brevity, let me clarify by saying that cyber-bullies are indeed affected by actions taken in real life. With technical know-how, one can find the persons IP address and contact their provider to alert them of such a users actions. I am unsure how such a process would work, but if the offense that the person committed online is grave enough, I am sure the service provider you contact will be happy to help you out. If you know any more about legal stuff like that, let me know in the comments below!

Lastly, let me just give a quick review of what I thought about the article that was read for this section. I thought that it was a nice essay that addressed most of the main issues of cyber-bullying and was thoughtful by using personal examples to explain how much cyber-bullying can affect people sometimes.

Thank you for reading, and try not to troll everyone!

Leave a comment if you wish!


2 responses to “The Vice of Bullying

  1. I also saw a short clip from BBC (I believe) and they had tracked down and caught up with an internet “racist” who had posted on YouTube or a similar site. It was quite interesting and the guy just dodged the reporters and got on the bus.

    Obviously his comments were acceptable to him from behind his computer, but when faced in real life he didn’t stick to the same racist rhetoric.

  2. I certainly agree that the seeming anonymity of many part of online life is often taken as opportunity to behave in very vile and mean spirited ways. Also there is probably a diminished sense of self-moderation because one doesn’t have to directly contend with the consequences of hurting another’s feelings.

    But I would like to remind you of a point made by Roundhouse Slap in her presentation on the topic. It is a bit of a logical mistake to equate cyber bullies with trolls. Not all cyber bullies are trolls and all trolls are not cyber bullies.

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