Saturday, 7 June 2014
The mystery of online abuse.
I suppose that we all have the capacity for acts of true kindness while at the same time being capable of the worst kind of bullying. We bask in the reflected glory of the kindness of strangers and pretend that the nasty stuff is nothing to do with us. Social media however seems to bring out the very worst in us and everyday we hear stories of angst ridden teenagers who are unable to cope with online bullying and end up taking their own lives to escape. I just don't understand why anyone would bother to be unpleasant to someone that they have never met and who has little impact on their own lives. Apparently Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington has been victim of all kinds of online abuse for "only" getting Bronze in 2012. I find none of this easy to understand but as to why anyone could have a life so empty that they would feel the need to pick on obscure academics who occasional appear on TV. I mean who on earth would want to bully Mary Beard? Takes all kinds I suppose.