Reality bites hard.
Just finished watching this movie. A good eye-opener, this one is. Although, I think the issue that it focuses on isn’t exactly new to us, internet people.
The story is about Taylor Hillridge, an average high school girl who gets a laptop as a present for her birthday. This lead her to the world of internet and social networking sites. And as it goes, certain comments and posts started to ruin her reputation and consequently, her life. From one little status, to a few comments, and eventually to videos, the internet have made her perfectly normal life into a disaster. How will Taylor be able to put her life back together and save herself from all the cyberbullying?
Ugly. Fat. Gay. Stupid. Homo. Bitch. Slut. Dyke. Dumb. Whore. Fag. Fake.
These words sound familiar? Do they ring a bell?
Insults. Names. Everyone of us have been called one of those and sometimes, we also say them to others as well. Bullying is one of teenager’s greatest problems. And much worse, is when it is done on the internet. People can blatantly say anything about you, lies or not. It may be anonymous or distinct. Whichever way, it subjects people into such degree of self-loathe. There’s this saying that goes: Sticks and stones may break my bones by words will never hurt me. Whoever said this must have been very lucky, seeing as to how words don’t affect that person. But in truth, words are just as much hurtful as physical assults, maybe even worse. What people say can go into your head, bury deep and forever haunt you down. They don’t go away easily. It’s sticks in your brain, slowly destroying you from within. And I think it has to stop. People should realize what they could do to people with their snide little comments. And in turn, people who are bullied must learn how to stand up to those people who think bullying is a great hobby. They should speak up and let others know how they feel. It’s the only way we could somehow have a better life. On the internet or in real life, I think all of us could use a safe place to stay.