The saying, “Everything that happens in the dark comes to the light”, obviously doesn’t apply to cyberspace. The dark is the anonymity that people have when commenting in public forums. Where they can say what they want, attack whomever they want, all without consequence.
The internet allows normally quiet and reserved people to be whoever they want or to release the them they keep in the dark of their minds and behind their computer screen. This is referred to as ‘deindividuation’ which is when the social norms are withdrawn because identities are concealed (http:// youtu.be/ZkZgYmZIHAw). Concealed not only by screen names or avatars but in large crowds, where matching voices to faces is difficult.
Because of the feeling of ‘you cant touch me‘, people feel safe and that’s what the internet is for. It gives people that don’t have a voice, or scared to speak their opinion a chance to have their voice and opinion heard or read in this case. Some of these comments are malicious and unwarranted because the people posting them are releasing themselves. They feel that their typed words are just words and that if people don’t like the post that they don’t have to read them or they can be blocked.
The problem with this way of thinking is that the effects it has on others is not taken into consideration. Yes public forums are for everyone but morals should come into play when commenting on public things. Comedian Stewart Lee of Top Gear fame used to collect comments made about him after the show aired and noticed that one-third of the comments wished harm to him. That people bashed what he thought was success and it seemed he couldn’t win. So he decided to stop collecting and paying attention to the comments because he said it had him a little unsettled. This shows that even people who make fun of everything get shook by people expressing themselves negatively.
Do you think that the internet created the rage or just gave underlying rage a voice/forum?