Sure, there were specific bullies, predators and silent bystanders directly involved in the death of Amanda Todd. But we’re culpable too, each and every one of us.
To not accept that is willful blindness on our part. To think we can simply wag our collective finger at the people who tricked her into exposing herself, or kicked her as she lay in the schoolyard, or that did nothing as she silently screamed for help, is ignorant.
We helped manufacture the people that committed these acts. We helped manufacture Amanda Todd herself.
The case of Amanda Todd represents a firestorm of the very worst ways that we use the internet and technology in general, of how we relate to one another online.
While there’s been much celebration of the internet as a tool for freedom, we have a harder time recognizing the sword it can be for cutting people down. Continue reading