Bad Behavior Online: Bullying, Trolling & Free Speech

A while back, I wrote an article that I titled, Online Anonymity: The Secret Bully. In the post, I talked about how I had noticed how people are so quick to write awful things online, harass people, or bring others down because they can hide behind their anonymity. This is called the “Online Disinhibition Effect“.

This week, PBS Offbook released a video documentary special called Bad Behavior Online: Bullying, Trolling & Free Speech. In the description of the video, they explain, “As most of us have seen or experienced, the internet can bring out the worst behavior in people, highlighting some of the cruelest and most hurtful aspects of humanity. Issues such as bullying online and trolling have garnered a lot of attention recently, prompting questions about who does, and should, regulate the internet, and what free speech means online.”

Watch the interesting video below to see several opinions about the issue and to really get a rude awakening as to the type of repulsive behavior that is going on online.

Bad Behavior Online: Bullying, Trolling & Free Speech

  • DW

    I think it’s deplorable that we’re upset by people we don’t even know and will probably never bump into either; it’s even worse that the people trolling derive pleasure from being insensitive and bigoted.

    It’s 2 way. In this generation, the process of discovering yourself is done through the internet/social media. Think about when you were growing up, internet was around but I don’t think it was our path to discovery.

    For a lot of trolls, their username is like a drag persona. It’s that side of them they change into and perform with because in real life there isn’t too much to them. I mean… if you had substance, you wouldn’t go around trolling. (That’s my assumption).