anonymity empowers cowards to become bullies

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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 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 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 good 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


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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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