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Bully for You

Social media is a blessing. Social media is a curse.

As a teacher, I’m faced every day with the reality of cyberbullying. The definition of which includes: “Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else.” For decades, these nasty rumour mongerings might have been contained strictly within childhood. That’s no longer the case. Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Youtube, Facebook and many social media platforms have become touchstone opportunities for bullies, and unfortunately, the audio drama community is not immune.

I was sadly a witness to social media bullying recently, the details of which are not important, but the intent was clear. I am saddened and hurt that members of our community could actively try to harm the integrity, brand, and even attempt to impede their ability to create art. Life is hard enough. Our medium is a small tribe, and we need to support, not sabotage each other.

If this seems to be an outlandish stance, please let me be clear. I don’t condone illegal activity of any kind, nor do I approve of bad behaviour.

Here are a couple of ideas to maturely handle your dislike of another human being in our community:

  • don’t patronize their work
  • present your concerns and work out your issues with directly and privately
  • if you can’t work out your issues- avoid and keep your personal opinions to yourself

Here’s what you don’t do:

  • attack them publicly
  • block them from seeing your concerns

If you’re considering making some public pronouncement of someone else’s character it may behoove you to consider one thing:

Your experience with another human being doesn’t equal the best or only experience of that person.

The Sonic Society is about inclusivity. It has always been. I’ve been proud to be a part of the Audio Drama community because we are a big tent. None of us is perfect. None of us has a lily-white past. And everyone deserves kindness. So don’t block people based on hearsay. Give someone the respect of earning their own good or bad reputation with you directly.

So next time you’re going to post something about someone ask yourself this- is it an argument you’re making, or is it a slur?
If you are aware of a crime please contact your local authorities.
If you witness bullying, speak up and help quelch it.
If you are a victim of bullying (cyber or otherwise) please be aware that you’re not alone and that people can help.


About The Author

Born to Teachers and Amateur Audio Enthusiasts in the small rural community of Belwood, Jack's first love was stories- writing, reading, telling, and singing. He developed his acting skills through High School, University, and through film and community theatre. Jack writes the lion's share of Electric Vicuna's Audio Drama scripts and has his own writing site at www.jackjward.com He's thrilled to co-host the Sonic Society with his wonderful, talented, friend David Ault!

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One Response to “Bully for You”

  1. Jeff Billard says:

    Well said brother. I’m with you 100% on this.

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