PBS (Off Book) – Bullying, Trolling and Free Speech Online

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Here is a video from PBS talking about the problem of bullying online. It is a very real thing in this day and age which can be the catalyst in creating bigger problems for both those who bully and are bullied.

I have honestly had a problem with trolling or bullying before during online gaming. It is something I keep telling myself not to do but that I continuously go back to and it is┬ásomething I want to stop doing. I have gotten into text and voice message wars with people. I have abused their in game characters, be they my enemies or my own teammates. I’ve done these things reveling in the laughs or validation it supplied me due to my negative and at most times truly angry actions. It’s stupid. It serves no purpose other than to reinforce stereotypes, discourage those it is happening to and genuinely ruin the experience creating a predisposition in people. It is something I am aware of, ashamed about and really going to work on correcting.

The internet is a powerful tool for communication, but it can sometimes be a double-edged sword. As most of us have seen or experienced, the internet can bring out the worst behavior in people, highlighting some of the cruelest and most hurtful aspects of humanity. Issues such as bullying online and trolling have garnered a lot of attention recently, prompting questions about who does, and should, regulate the internet, and what free speech means online.

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