…When the next internet attack is going to hit.
As you all know, this is a fashion blog, not a personal one. However, this is a blog on the internet, so I’m going to talk about an internet-related incident today (rather than fashion).
You may or may not have heard about this story – NJ Student’s Suicide Illustrates Internet Dangers – the story of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old from New Jersey, who committed suicide last week, after his classmates secretly filmed him and his partner, and proceeded to stream it live over the internet. This case of cyber-bullying and invasions of privacy were made worse by allegations of homophobia that probably led to Tyler’s death. As the video publicly ‘outed’ Clementi, one student went so far as to say “Had he been in bed with a woman, this would not have happened. He wouldn’t have been outed via an online broadcast, and his privacy would have been respected and he might still have his life.”
And this is just another case that exemplifies the danger that is the internet. It’d be the best invention to date, were it not for all the malicious and unforgiving acts that can be published for the entire world to see, and never taken back again. I recently deleted my social networking account on Facebook (luckily, not because of cyber-bullying but because I needed a break from the account that kept me chained to my computer every day and night), but was thinking of reactivating it, and possibly getting a Twitter, too. Sadly, the cases of cyber bullying that seem to be occurring everywhere these days, have put me off the idea. I’m not one to be fazed by the risks of today’s precarious society, but wouldn’t we all be a little better off without social networking sites anyway? Or chat rooms, or instant messaging for that matter. What’s wrong with writing a letter, making a phone call, or actually speaking face to face? Nothing.
With all the marvels that came with 21st century life (HD, iPad, even a jab for preventing cervical cancer), we are still not protected from the vulnerabilities that come with putting our life online. And if I am not protected from this, so much so that’s its driving people to their death, then I’d rather be living in the 1800s. There may have been no iPads or 3D movies then, but I would be safe from cyber bullying.