Why People Are So Mean ?
More thoughts on cyber-meanness and positive approaches like #MakeItHappy to dealing with it. The post closes with this advice, “let’s pretend there is no virtual bully around you. If there is any, just avoid them.”
Being pro-active in a positive way is another response: call out people you admire. On Twitter you can adapt the ubiquitous #FF or Follow Friday model.
For example, I just started “When #ScholarSunday falls on #IWD2015…” on @VanessaVaile (and will carry it to my other streams) to hail #femscholars ~ and not just higher-ed academics. My list include all educators, independent, retired, alt.ac, K12, ABE, former educators who are now activists/organizers, etc. So that probably needs another less Ivory Tower
Probably the most likely quotation to depict today’s time when internet is within everyone’s reach. You open your Facebook or twitter (if you’re fed up with your relatives’ friend request) and found some messages, post or tweets mocking your sexuality, religion or even your personal feelings. Stricken by words, you might delete your account or in the worst scenario, you get depressed by the recurrence of such posts/comments. But this is just an instance.
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