Extreme Mean

Extreme Mean

Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online

Book - 2014
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"Cyberabuse -- tormenting, trolling, harassment, cyberbullying, stalking, and sexual extortion -- and the toll it is taking on children, youth, and adults around the world. News broadcasts and newspaper headlines are dominated by stories of cyberbullying and other digital abuse. This isn't the playground teasing and name-calling of generations before the Internet. This new abuse's unique characteristics - anonymity, permanence, and viral audience -- can relentlessly exacerbate the humiliation, pain, and danger of its victims. Ugly rumours that once snaked through school hallways and around the office water cooler are now delivered at lightning speed to the world, while sexual extortion and revenge-porn sites target those who've shared intimate images. The splendid connectivity of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, also makes us vulnerable to 'interpersonal terrorism,' while apps that promise privacy and rapid deletion are ridden with loopholes. The world of 'extreme mean' -- the people who use the Internet to undermine lives rather than improve them. Personal stories of online abuse from around the world, including the suicide of Amanda Todd and the untold costs of Rebecca Black's experience as 'the most hated girl on the Internet,' as well as interviews with troll-tormentors, accidental abusers, victimized kids, and adults. The often surprising roots of online abuse challenges current academic thinking, and offers new ways of understanding the nasty and the nefarious who erode humanity. Paula Todd is the author of 'Finding Karla.' She is a Canadian broadcaster and journalist"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Signal, c2014
ISBN: 9780771084034
Branch Call Number: 302.343 TOD NVD
Characteristics: 329 p. ; 23 cm


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Jul 02, 2015

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