Lately, there have been many news stories about young adults who have committed suicide due to cyberbullying. In today’s society, the internet has become very common and it plays a major role in teenagers’ lives. They can shop, express their thoughts, and even make new friends online. It is also important to note how easy it is to distribute information across the internet in very little time. While there are positive outcomes of the internet, there still exist dangerous aspects to it, such as bullying.
Modest Proposal Cyber bullying is an issue seen nationwide that is dangerously overlooked. Cyber bullying takes place over social networks such as Facebook and Twitter and over text messaging. Bullies are known to go after a group or person with “lower power”. There has been a rise in cyber bullying over the past few years and not nearly enough precautions are being taken to prevent this issue. Cyber bullying is legally defined as actions that use information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm another or others.
Cyber bullying is when someone writes humiliating comments about someone on the World Wide Web. Cyber bullying is when an adolescent is harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened or tormented using digital technology, such as the computers, and cell phones. It’s important to understand why people use this type of bullying. Cyber bullying is used in an effort to make the person who is doing the bulling feel better about themselves, in a way that isn’t as confrontational. As many as 25% of teenagers have experienced cyberbullying, even though there is still more bullying at school in comparison to online.
The article takes a sudden turn to reveal a darker side to the Facebook fad. Originally Zuckerberg agreed to help three upperclassmen create a social networking site but was later sued by them for stealing their idea when Zuckerberg made Facebook on his own. The author uses a great deal of formal diction and legal jargon, which can intimidate the reader. Vargas even describes one of the upperclassmen suing Zuckerberg as “Tall, wide shouldered, and gregarious,” creating a mental image that would daunt anyone. In these court hearings, some very embarrassing and damaging things had been exposed about Zuckerberg.
Gary started out posting things about her on the Internet. After Randi rejected Gary’s romantic overtures, he posed as Randi in Internet Chat rooms and announced that she had fantasies about men raping her. In just this section of the story, Penny lists two ways that people can harass others by just the click of a button, posting untruths about the victim using social media sites and chat rooms. These are instant and real time online communication systems that are
The media is not always completely truthful about information it publishes, especially on touchy subjects which the general public just eats up. This brings up one of Matthew’s fourteen maxims; the press is the enemy. One of the newest sex scandals involving a former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner, deals with the downward spiral that’s created when scandalous subjects are leaked into the media. Anthony Weiner sent a sexual photograph publicly over the popular social media site Twitter, to a young female follower. Once the press got a hold of it Weiner quickly dined it, but then realized that the storm had already come.
Many rumors circulated following the Columbine shooting, including the shooters being social outcast who were frequently bullied and harassed. It was later discovered in a journal written by Harris and Kleibold, that they bragged about picking on freshman in the hallways and had planned this attack over a years process, hoping to recreate the Oklahoma City style terrorist bombing (Toppo). Psychologist Peter Langman, was quoted in a USA Today online article saying, “ These are not ordinary kids who played too many video games. These are not ordinary kids who just wanted to be famous. These are simply not ordinary kids.
The shooting was the reason for some original remonstrations; however there were other factors that sparked the nationwide protests, and the extreme violence which followed. There are many conflicting views and beliefs concerning who or what is to blame for the riots ranging from; social media platforms such as BBM (Blackberry Messenger) and Facebook , which encouraged people to revolt. Others justified their actions as a consequence of Government cuts and poor policing, which antagonised some of the more deprived communities throughout Britain. "If you're making massive cuts, there's always the potential for this sort of revolt against that". Alternatively others blamed opportunists taking advantage of the situation to loot for their own benefit, and cause mindless violence.
A very strong message that Boko Haram uses to promote false ideologies on their twitter website site by stating, it is okay to hate others and to bomb someone or something is divine. The intent in their message is so powerful and that they have so much hatred for the Western world, their lifestyle and accessibilities, yet they want to still reach out and attract their followers or sympathizers to join their cause through American social media websites. In another example for a way to promote their false ideologies is to reach out to the rich, poor, and troubled youth everywhere around the world. Even promoting false ideologies to children who come from loving and structurally sound environments. (Davis, 2014) mentioned terrorist groups use all governments of the Western world as well in their own region to force their ideologies on those who have really turned against their own country’s government and the system as a whole.
Author Louis Kraft states that, social networking has taken too much control of our daily lives, to the point where it leads to people being envious and depressed (2011). Activities such as cyber bullying have been more prominent and have increased due to social media, resulting in many depressed victims. Also, terrorist groups, such as the Al-Qaeda and the Al-Shabbab, use social networks to spread messages of hate and violence, which may lead to religious conflict and fear in the world. It’s extremely unfortunate that a system that was supposed to bring us so close and working together has actually backfired into one that creates disruption. Likewise, the never ending use of social network causes people to get spend a lot of time, glued to their phones and other wireless devices, forgetting the importance of actual human to human contact.