Category Archives: cyberbullying

Laughing at the Grieving

Internet Denounces Dinesh D’Souza Over Vile Tweets On Florida Shooting Survivors (International Business Times via msn.com) The most effective social experiment in the form of a browser add-on I’ve seen is the one that changes the phrase “political correctness” to “treating people with respect.” I find these kinds of things too annoying to use myself, but whenever one of these add-ons becomes popular, I always peruse the screenshots that accompany any news stories that get written up, just so I can see examples of the…

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We Can’t Afford to *Lose

When the Scripps Bee shuts you down on Twitter (USA Today) Elizabeth Warren slams ‘small, insecure’ Donald Trump in most fiery takedown yet (sfgate.com) It’s hard to figure out just how I feel about the Scripps National Spelling Bee becoming such a well-publicized event in recent years. There’s definitely a part of me that’s heartened by the fact that a mental competition is now so prevalent in the American consciousness. It reminds me of ESPN2’s early days, when they aired chess and Magic: the Gathering tournaments,…

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Doing Bullies’ Work For Them

AZ gov vetoes ‘religious freedom’ bill, Ohio lawmakers abandon kindred bill (examiner.com) School will allow boy to bring My Little Pony backpack (USA Today) We liberals, or at least the majority of us, often get unfairly maligned as being some kind of “thought police” trying to tell people what they should or shouldn’t think. I think I can speak for the vast majority of liberals, and hopefully people as a whole, when I say that what goes on in your head is no one’s business…

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Even Trolling Should Have Its Limits

‘Twilight’ Stars Rally Around Fans After Death At Comic-Con (mtv.com) I haven’t read any of the Twilight books or seen any of the movies, and I don’t have any plans to. My tastes don’t tend to go towards young adult literature to start with — I only read Harry Potter this past spring — and I’ve never been much for vampire stories (except for Poppy Z. Brite’s early work). However, I’ve been directed to several entries on Reasoning With Vampires since its launch, and from the passages…

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So It’s More Acceptable to Bully Kids?

Donations for bullied bus monitor soar past $500,000 (MSNBC.com) It’s difficult to figure out just how to phrase what this story has compelled me to say without sounding like I’m trying to play down what Karen Klein went through, and continues to go through as the video of her being bullied on the school bus she was monitoring gets played over and over again, on news broadcasts and millions of computer screens all over the world. Let me say at the start, then, that what…

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