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Social media — between a click and a nasty place

Posted by Philip on 26 February 2014, 1:36 pm in , , , ,

Over the last couple of days, social media has shown its bitchy side, rather than outright bullying, but you have to ask which is worse. Blogs like these by Deborah Hill Cone and David Herkt (you might want to read to the end before you click those links) about Charlotte Dawson's suicide have shown how easy it is to spit bile from your keyboard behind the anonymous veil of the internet.

Whaleoil had its comeuppance with its January headline, "Feral dies in Greymouth, did world a favour."

The insidious side to nasty posts like these is that it's nigh on impossible to voice dissent. In the virtual economy of click value, no matter what you may say on or about a post, be it positive or negative, you've already reinforced its writer or the site's editor/owner by your mere presence on their site. You're a "visit" and the more visits, the more popular the post and the higher their rating in the game of internet traffic.

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