Online Humiliation and the Price Paid

I don’t have many followers for my blog, and that’s allright with me. I write to express my point of view on certain topics. I write my inner thoughts in cyberspace to see if anyone else agrees with my thinking.

I am thankful that the people who have taken the time to read my opinions agree with them, thus solidifying my degree in sanity for a few more moments.

Typing out your thoughts, good or evil, posting video and images of yourself and of others is technology impeading on your privacy, and also at your own hand….or your friend’s.

Are they your friend? Really?

It’s been all over the news: Rutgers University had a bit of cyberbullying last week when Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping from the George Washington bridge. He was humiliated after becoming aware that he was on the internet when in a very private situation with another male student was uploaded for the world to see. As a result, he felt he had no other recourse but to end his own life. All of this, because of a friend.

A Friend.

His own room mate with an accomplice planted a “silly college prank”, as some have called it, by pointing his webcam at Tyler’s bed.

I’m not writing this blog about retracing the steps of what happened to Tyler Clementi, but using this latest report of cyberbulling and the humiliation this young man endured to state my opinion on this topic of privacy and the internet.

There is an outcry for appropriate punishment for this type of activity, while on the other hand, addressing personal and moral responsibility and freedom of speech.

Can the cyberbullies who victimized Tyler Clementi be the sole identifiable reason why he ended his own life?

In other words, the law is asking, “Do we have the entire picture, and is the law, as written, able to bring justice as to what has happened to not only one person, but to hundreds, if not thousands of individuals who ended their lives because of very similar, embarassing and humiliating circumstances?

Some facts:

In a survey of more than 5,000 college students, faculty and staff members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender published last month by the advocacy group Campus Pride, it was determined that one in four reported harassment, almost all related to sexual orientation. These people face increased risk for depression, PTSD and suicide attempts.

What’s with the hate, people? Whether you are heterosexual or gay, you are still a human being. Do not hate a person because he/she chooses to be in love with someone of their own gender.

Why should it matter to you?

Here’s a newsflash on your Facebook Feed – IT DOESN’T. 

So, leave them alone and let them live their own lives, just like you live yours.


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