anonymity empowers cowards to become bullies

I HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT BULLIES several times on this site, both from personal memories and with the still escalating instances of Internet bullying often referred to as “trolling.” We are watching the seventh season of the television series CASTLE, and one of the episodes deals with both the type of bullying that I experienced fifty years ago, and the with cyber-bullying of today.

The episode is titled “Meme Is Murder.”

At one point, Beckett remarks to Castle: “You know the problem with anonymity? There is no accountability. It empowers cowards to become bullies.”


In another scene, Beckett grills the murderer who calls himself Netslayer on the Internet and uses a what I assume to be a novel approach to getting the person to talk. I’m not certain that such an approach would work, but given the circumstances, it was a goof try and very interesting.

Give it a look-see. You do not have to be an inveterate Castle and Beckett fan to grasp the show, the characters, or their relationships.

For the interested reader, here are three pieces by me about bullies:

• were you picked on for being gay (even if you weren’t)?
• my facebook page is now a “rightwingnut hate free zone”
• the endless fruitless bullying of hillary clinton


Anonymity: photo of Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic as mystery writer Richard Castle and detective Kate Beckett.

FEATURED IMAGE: Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic pose for this publicity shot as mystery writer Richard Castle and detective Kate Beckett.

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