In a recent journal that appeared on the Front Page a Deviant brings to light the serious problem of cyber bullying on deviantART and how it’s gone sorely unaddressed by the site admin.
Unfortunately cyber bullying is just one of the parts of the online experience and made easier by the fact that the bully never has to look the victim in the eye or see first hand the effect their words or actions have. They don’t see if Johnny or Sue has a mental or emotional disability that only compounds it, sometimes with fatal consequences.
Or, simply, they don’t care.
In a perfect world everyone would care about each other and think before saying or doing something, but that’s not the case in real life and the harsh reality is that a shockingly high number of people really don’t give a hoot about their fellow person and actually find joy in ruining someone’s day.
Humanity is known to be the cruellest of creatures and especially to their own kind.
That said, it doesn’t mean that the rest of Humanity should just sit back and let them get away with it.
Indifference can often be just as bad.
History teaches us that, if enough people stand up for something, change happens and things get done; this is just as true for the online world.
Trolls and hazing can go a bit too far and if we come across it it’s up to us to bring attention to it or stop it out right, bringing it to attention of site admins or go right to the source. Out right bullying should be stopped in its tracks.
If enough people stopped tolerating the intolerable it wouldn’t be worth doing anymore; if you get burned badly enough you won’t do it again.
If the site admins seem lack-luster in dealing with the situation it falls then to the users (us) to defend our fellow Deviants and condemn bullying when ever we see it.
It's time to step up and help defend the Community we love best.