I couldn’t bring myself to watch more than five minutes of Difference of Opinion tonight (not for the first time). Let me just say that bullying existed before cyber bullying, pron existed before the intertubes, teenagers were writing angsty poetry before typewriters, and subcultures existed before Myspace. All this technology blaming obscures the fact that technology is an enabler – and what it enables is a mirror of its environment. But it also enables the contestation of that society, as the feminist blogosphere for instance tries to do, and the anger and angst and abuse that arises in response is not something new either.
Instead, I was going to blog about the coverage of the tragic suicide of two young Melbourne girls, which goes way beyond an examination of the circumstances into classic moral panic territory. But Mr Lefty has beaten me to it, so go read his post.
Incidentally, I wonder whether anyone in the meejah has noticed the irony between blaming those intertubes for all manner of social ill given the trash fest that Fairfax Digital and the News tabloids serve up online. Well exposed on Media Watch tonight.