Cyberbullying and Fandom
|Related terms:||bullying, cyber stalking, cyberharassment|
|See also:||Dogpiling and Fandom, troll, flame, sockpuppet, wank|
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Cyberbullying is an extreme form of trolling in which a particular member of a community is targeted and abused by others. It negatively affects a person in much the same way as real life bullying, leading to depression, anxiety and feelings of isolation. It is a growing problem among teenagers who know each other in real life, with phones and social media being used to abuse a victim even while they are physically away from their tormentors.
Cyberbullying is also a problem when the involved parties have no real life contact. In fact, anonymity and lack of consequences may only encourage the bullies. Certain sites, such as 4chan, are well known for actively encouraging vulnerable members of the community to hurt themselves. In recent years, a growing number of suicides caused by cyberbulling have caught the attention of the mainstream media.
Forms of Cyberbullying in Fandom
In fandom, cyberbullying may take such forms as doxing a user (publishing of private information like the real name, address, employer, e-mail addresses or other Social Media profiles that contain private information like Facebook or LinkedIn); TOSing of websites, blogs, and Fanvids; sending anonymous hate messages or death threads or wishing someone to die via anon functions on micro-blogging services like tumblr or curious cat; as well as posting personal chats or messages that were obtained by sneaking in private discussions via sock puppeting in private chat rooms or group chats or Friendslocked entries.
Ganging up to organized dislike videos on youtube or leaving numerous negative feed back or comments on fanwork of the same creator is also a from of cyber bullying.
Cyberbullying is like its offline counter part not trivial and prosecutable by law in most European countries and in some US states.
A recent form of cyberbullying on Tumblr is for aggressors to tell their victims to kill themselves, or to wish death or other forms of severe physical harm on them. This has inspired a wave of backlash and anger from other users, especially when these comments and threats are made towards someone whose "crime" was as minor as shipping a pairing the aggressor didn't approve of.
Famous Cases of Cyberbullying
Cases in Fandom
- Dogpiling and Fandom
- Fan Harassment of Jennifer Hepler
- Godawful Fan Fiction - a controversial website devoted to mocking badfic and their authors
- Minors in Fandom
- What happened with hivliving
- Zamii070 Harassment Controversy
- RaceFail '09
- Victoria Bitter
- Winterfox' activities
- Dreaming Goddess controversy
Examples of Suicides Attributed to Cyberbullying
- The Three Laws of Fandom
- Storming the Battlements: or, Why the Culture of Mary Sue Shaming Is Bully Culture
- Fandom as a Safe Space
- Thirteen Reasons Why
- A Report on Damage Done by One Individual Under Several Names