What makes discrimination easy on the net?
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What makes discrimination easy on the internet?

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What makes discrimination on the internet easy?

Why have people decided that they are comfortable using the nastiest language they can muster on the internet to hurt people? Most times they feel that they are undetectable. They are safe hiding behind the screens of their computer monitors and they ‘let their hair down’.

The decision of some people to write discriminating content on the internet takes a certain person who has those thoughts in reality. They are unable to say the things they are thinking in a face-to-face setting, so they set out to say the most horrendous things on the internet, first of all, because they feel they won’t be caught. In the year 2012, one would think that these discriminatory thoughts at the levels they are found on the web would not exist. There has been evidence that people who feel that they are making anonymous statements will say things they wouldn’t dare say in person. This fact alone shows that discrimination is still alive and well. Also, there are many aspects of our lives that are still very discriminatory, things that we encounter on an everyday basis that equal blatant racism and subtle racism and discrimination. From commercials to the games we play, to conversations and interactions we have with people.

This topic is important to many people on the net especially those who are bloggers, but it is also important for those who are in reality, not on the net because of the magnitude of the hatred and the possibility of a violent outcome. These practices stem from thoughts that were ingrained in some people and there needs to be a realization that those thoughts are still viewed by some people as valid. In the research I found, I learned that there are people who are working to change the views of people who discriminate. There are also those people who would like to push people to the edge even though they don’t know what could happen to those people once they reach the edge. They do this just to provoke people and see how long it will take for this to happen. These individuals or trolls as they are called on the net, don’t think about what will happen to them if people in reality find out what they have been doing in their spare time. They don’t realize that they are hurting people, and even worse, they don’t care until they are caught.

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Troll Psychology: A discussion on ‘internet bullying’ - The Daily Grind

Troll Psychology: A discussion on ‘internet bullying’ - The Daily Grind | What makes discrimination easy on the net? | Scoop.it

There are a number of reasons people feel secure in discriminating against people on the internet and social psychologist have said that anonymity increases a person’s hateful tendencies. But even the people themselves when interviewed cannot give an adequate answer as to why they feel the need to talk to people in the way they do to enrage a person, as viewed by the answers to questions in this article.

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Racist White Teen Girls Goes On A Rant About Blacks ORIGINAL FOOTAGE

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This video was uploaded on January 6, 2012 by two girls from SANTALUCES HIGH SCHOOL in California. It is an example of some of the thoughts that racist people have and they have no problem getting in front of their web cams and displaying this horrible behavior. These young girls claim to have friends who share their sentiments about blacks even though they themselves are black. This is not the first video they have posted, they have done this before. They felt they were safe spewing the hate on the internet because they were behind the screen of their computer.

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Who's that hiding behind the screen?

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As any teenager knows, people do not always mean what they say. They swear they will ring, then they don't. They profess undying love, but are already planning their next conquest.

The internet has been a place where people can change who they are for the good and the bad.  But, the cloak and dagger effect of the internet, allows people a sense of anonymity that they are able to use to change who they are or disappear totally if they choose to, so they think.

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Himitsu's curator insight, July 10, 2016 1:29 PM

I feel that people do tend to hide behind the anonymity of the net to hurt others. And as a person who uses the internet a lot, I feel that this is really horrible. Cant we just use the secret identity to do something nice? or maybe not say something at all? Not saying anything at all when you see someone being bullied also means that your taking the bully's side. Spread the awareness...bullying is not cool!!!

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Racism in football: 'It's not black and white' - CNN.com

Racism in football: 'It's not black and white' - CNN.com | What makes discrimination easy on the net? | Scoop.it

"The letter stated that, as I ran through the tunnel, they were going to throw acid in my face." Video games, sports, work places, hiring practices, the government, discrimination is everywhere we look.   Some people would like to believe that discrimination does not happen as much as it had in the past.  But I would argue that the discrimination is alive a nd the things that have changed are the ways in which it is used.  In this article, Jack Leslie was not allowed to represent his birth place, England,  playing a sport he was very good at because of his Jamaican background.  The racial discrimination is not only found in the United States.    The hatred of people because they are different is a global disease in reality, this is why it is so prevalent on the internet and people have no problem spreading the hatred.  In 1985, a disaster at Heysel Stadium in in Brussels, Belgium left 39 people dead and 600 injured.

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Student called 'slut' by Limbaugh dismisses apology

Student called 'slut' by Limbaugh dismisses apology | What makes discrimination easy on the net? | Scoop.it

The Georgetown University law student labeled a "slut" by conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh says his apology changes nothing and that Americans have to decide whether to support companies that continue to advertise on his program."  

The fact that Rush Limbaugh was able to make his vile comments over the radio and there be no repercussions shows the basic ideals of people who have those very thought patterns.  These are exactly the same people who are on the internet making the discriminatory comments agaist people.  They do have freedom of speech and they are using it in a way that is reprehensible to the majority of sane readership. 

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Sex Discrimination Go Bye-Bye; Gender Differences In Math A Choice, Not Social Pressure Or Ability

Sex Discrimination Go Bye-Bye; Gender Differences In Math A Choice, Not Social Pressure Or Ability | What makes discrimination easy on the net? | Scoop.it

President Obama's director of the National Economic Council, Lawrence Summers, made no friends among women when, as president of Harvard, he tried to have a discourse about gender differences in the higher levels of math-intensiveds.  It is easy to see why descrimination is tolerated and continues to flourish.  Lawerence Summers, President Obama's director of the National Economic Council, made a statement saying that, "girls can't do math" shows the thoughts of many people in very high places who hold on to discriminatory views.  

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BE WARNED TROLLS - INTERNET TROLL JAILED FOR CYBER BULLYING

http://news.sky.com/home/uk-news/article/16068619 All trolls are the lowest form of scum, and you would be suprised which of the so-called big truther channe...

Here is one cyber bully/ troll who will think twice before he types any type of nasty comments. Some people commenting on the status of this bully are saying that there is a difference between trolls and bullies. They actually said that the difference between trolls and bullies is that with a troll, they provoke you until you explode, but if you don’t explode, “YOU GET TO JOIN IN.” What kind of people are they why would you want to join in on something so ridiculous.

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SANTALUCES HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT REACTIONS!

Brendan and I went for a little adventure to their house and school! We are trying to get the girls to interview you them to see what they think of their act...

In response to the video of the racist girls two guys go to the high school the girls were attending, Santaluces High School, to ask what their peers felt of their racial rant. In the racist video, the girls claimed that there were other students who felt as they did including blacks. The girls have since made a retraction to their racial rant, but they have been run out of school. Clearly the young ladies felt that their feelings toward other students were fine to talk about over the web, but they did not consider the backlash they would suffer behind this discussion. Only the students themselves know how they actually felt about the girls before the realization of the video, but all persons interviewed afterward do not want to be associated with the girls.

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Tim Wise - The Pathology of White Privilege

Tim Wise is giving a speech called the Pathology of White Privilege at Holyoke College in Massachusetts.  His discussion tries to explain why racisim happens and some of the reasons it continues.  He tells the audience that his information has come from others, it is not something he came up with.  This information is very thought provoking and helps shed light on some of the reasons racism is used.  His examples are of current events and the political asperations behind some of the racial tensions. 

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First Class Character Education Activities Program: Ready-to-Use ...

First Class Character Education Activities Program: Ready-to-Use ... | What makes discrimination easy on the net? | Scoop.it

prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping and sexual harassment * self-understanding and self-acceptance * caring about the school, using appropriate language, maintaining personal appearance, and volunteering ..."  

Could this program be what's needed to curb discrimination or is the situation hopeless?  With the prevalence of stereotyping, sexual harassment and other discrimination, maybe there needs to be a sort of discrimination class given in all levels of schooling.  This could be a way to combat narrowmindedness, unless the information the child gets in school is undone by the parents when at home. 

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Impact Magazine » Archive » The Masculinity of Gaming

Impact Magazine » Archive » The Masculinity of Gaming | What makes discrimination easy on the net? | Scoop.it

However, the gender divide within the industry is not easily simplified into one-sided sexism; rather, via it's portrayal of emotionless overly-masculine action heroes, male gamers are sometimes stereotyped as well."  It would seem that if there is somewhere to escape sexism and discrimination, it would be in the games we play.  But, it seems that the sexism is very prevalent in the video games that are being exposed to those who indulge.  The images of scantily clad women are subtly used and thus become almost expected.  The makers of the video games are depicting what they want to see, and thus they insert the images they feel people are expecting.  Even the video worlds and games are using these descriptions and depictions of men and women to express to the player who they should be, and how they should aspire to become. The images are being subject to the subconscious of the gamers and they come from other places as well.  So the changing attitudes toward women stereotypes are hard to challenge.

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Free Thought Manifesto: Stereotypes

Free Thought Manifesto: Stereotypes | What makes discrimination easy on the net? | Scoop.it

Stereotypes. Posted by guest blogger "Sayf Maslul" You can't classify me. You can't label me. I'm original. You have never seen anything like me before. I broke the mold. I am a new creation. You cant place me in a group, ..."  These pictures represent the various differences in our world.  They all are showing what types of discrimination they have faced at some point in their lives.  These websites, this one in particular show how prevelant discrimination is in the world of reality, so it is not such a surprise that the people on the internet have the same problems.  Until everyone takes a reality check, discrimination will continue.

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