A National Crisis
By Desiree Leigh, Wake Up to Live
At the same time, it is really sad to see that society, in general, has to scorn, insult, and and humiliate others that are weak or vulnerable and even disgusting, so that they can look good or have a good laugh. They then justify their bullying by saying that the person deserved it, or (I like this one) get others, perhaps influential figures, to support their tactics as Kimmel has. So when you are weak and vulnerable--not at your best--and have been disgraced by society and did less than respectful things (as Kimmel and Ford have), is it then okay for others to slam you on national television? There is dirt in everyone's closet; but would it be fair to get your dirt spread throughout your community on billboards? I've heard since, that Kimmel's rating have gone up. No doubt, Kimmel had an underlying intention all the way! Just as Miley Cyrus had an intention for her public nudity. Nonetheless, what is most disheartening is that "his ratings increased!" What does this tell you about people?
Below is a great read by Kate McCoy about Bullying and Media Culture.
- An Us versus Them or Us versus Other mentality
- Name calling and verbal aggression
- Labeling or stereotyping people (predator, monster, illegal, looser, pervert, reject)
- Group versus group aggression
- Relational aggression (gossiping about or manipulating others for self-advancement)
- Feeling pleasure and satisfaction in the suffering or persecution of others.