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Call A Thing A Thing: Cyber Bullying

As usual on a Wednesday, I call a thing a thing. This week, I want to talk about the cyber bullies that hide behind aliases in the comments sections of popular celebrity blogs.

Cyberbullying is defined in legal glossaries 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.
  • use of communication technologies for the intention of harming another person
  • use of internet service and mobile technologies such as web pages and discussion groups as well as instant messaging or SMS text messaging with the intention of harming another person.

Examples of what constitutes cyberbullying include communications that seek to intimidate, control, manipulate, put down, falsely discredit, or humiliate the recipient. The actions are deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior intended to harm another.

A visit to the comments section of celebrity blogs such as Perez Hilton or Necole Bitchie will leave you gutted. Here in South Africa, we have Just Curious. The comments section is a war field, especially when there is a post about an event. Comments are usually very hateful towards the celebrities.We seem to forget that celebrities are people with feelings too. Spewing hate at them has the potential to hurt them. I think it is absolutely appalling that people invest so much time into spewing hate at people they do not even know. Reading through the comments, you will find commenters discecting the clothes, body types and sizes of celebrities. It makes me wonder how exactly they look and feel. If you do that, who hurt you as a child? What are your reasons?

What does hurting another human being bring you? How do you benefit from it? If you atre a cyber bully, stop it. It adds no value to your life.

Then there we have those who attack each other on social networks. Social networks are so sensitive because the whole world is able to view what is posted so it could potentially have a damaging effect on the person being attaced.

These bullies pretend they are other people online to trick others,  spread lies and rumors about victims, trick people into revealing personal information, send or forward mean text messages, post pictures of victims without their consent. All of this just reaks of hate to me, but why? Why and how do you decide to do this?

I am not judging (actually I am) anyone because I also have negative thoughts and opinions but the difference is that we need to be careful of the energy that we choose to put out there. We are responsible for the energy that we bring into the world.

Spread positive energy!

Peace and love.

P.S: I apologise for how disorientated this post is. I just became so emotional because I am a victim of cyber bullying. It is really not cool.

Article written by:

Richmond Sajini is a musician and media entrepreneur in the public relations, television, radio and retail spaces in South Africa. He studied Public Relations and Communication at the University of Johannesburg and has worked on brands such as Coca Cola, Tsogo Sun, Heineken as well as the South African National Roads Agency. He has been told to shut up many times by people who don’t understand that he is in love with the sound of his own voice. For this reason he decided to start his own blog where he would share his thoughts and experiences without inhibition. Visit his blog, and follow him on Twitter @richmondsajini.


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