I spotted this poster in the student health centre at my son’s new school (for next year).
It made me consider the actions of some who seem to cycle their way though these behaviours without any apparent balance or accountability.
Then there’s this, from a blog post-combined-with-a-bit-of-self-promotion (no foul) by reputation management company CEO Michael Fertik: Revenge Porn is Not Free Speech
Recently, California – where I live – passed a new law that outlaws revenge porn. And that’s a great thing.
Revenge porn is when someone releases intimate video or photos of someone online, where they proliferate forever, linked permanently with a person’s name.
It’s a hugely personal betrayal, a violation of the deepest order. Imagine someone you trusted, perhaps even deeply loved, sharing a visual of you at your most vulnerable for all to see.
It’s recurring degradation, in the form of search results that continually humiliate a person in the eyes of future romantic prospects, colleagues, friends, family, hiring managers, you name it. …
Are we ever going to get the cyber-bullying genie back in the bottle? Is it possible? Even with legislation like that?
Seriously, private citizens and those in ‘public life’ are defamed at will by louts with an empathy-bypass, those who act to ‘destroy’ others, with little apparent regard or consideration for the collateral damage they cause.
Two Australian radio DJs who spoofed a nurse supervising a royal princess’s care in hospital into revealing ‘news’ (trivia) have been, we are told, traumatised by the fact of the nurse’s subsequent suicide in the wake of their prank. I would be deeply regretful in their case too … but let’s not forget the victims.