Frankly, I’m sick of talking about cyber-bullying, because no matter how much she spins it, Julia Allison is not a victim of bullying as it pertains to the moderators and the vast majority of RBNS/RBD’s commentariat. Julia Allison spent years pursuing the public spotlight, and she can’t say, “La-La-La! It’s just a hobby now! Never mind! Did you hear I just hired a new publicist and was at SXSW seeking out every opportunity to be interviewed by press outlets you never heard of?”
I just find it peculiar that Donks claims she is embarking on this anti-commenter crusade to protect ALL THE GIRLS, particularly because one of those girls needs help right now: music video ingénue Rebecca Black.
Now I have not seen the video in question, but how can anyone pick on her? She seems sweet and innocent, and we all did stupid, misguided shit when we were 13-years-old. Shame on you, Internet Sue! YOU ARE FORBIDDEN!
Thank god, Rebecca Black has an advocate!
Um. . . err. . . oops!
Despite making cyber-bullying her cause célèbre, Julia Allison has been notably silent on the red-hot Rebecca Black story. In fact, Julia was complicit in the some of the cyber-bullying herself.
Granted, it’s not exactly vitriolic, but it is sort of bitchy and mean. And Christ, Jules, the girl is only 13! Surely, Julia Allison didn’t need to promulgate (see what I did there?) this innocent girl’s mistake to her 23,000 Twitter followers with a negative opinion. That’s like stampeding Little Miss Black’s lemonade stand and telling her that she sucks!
Won’t you think of the girls?
And though this story is gaining traction in the mainstream media, Julia hasn’t mentioned Rebecca Black as a timely example that would help further her cyber-bullying campaign. She must be seething that Good Morning America interviewed that poor victimized nobody instead of Julia herself. SHE IS NOT RANDOM! She is working with our government right now create a new department: Donkland Security: Cyber Police Division!
The nerve of ABC News! Why the fuck would they interview that stupid little girl when Julia Allison just gave a wildly lauded speech on the issue! And she wrote an international column about it! It was printed in a couple of third-rate newspapers that are distributed in a scant few of the top 1,000 media markets in America! Julia should have been on Good Morning America! ABC News has interviewed her before!
Plus, she wants to protect the girls! ALL THE GIRLS! LET HER PROTECT THE GIRLS FOR ALL THE GIRLS’ SAKE, GOD DAMN IT!
These girls need help, and Julia’s willing to give it. That is, unless, 4Chan goes after them, then it’s hilarious!
Remember Jessie Slaughter, the young teenager who really could’ve benefited from some parental supervision of her internet activities? No? Allow me to backtrace it for you.
Yeah, it was kind of nuts how big that story blew up last summer. It was heinous that 4Chan went after Jessie Slaughter despite her coming across as an annoying and obnoxious brat. The attention wasn’t deserved. But at least Julia Allison didn’t praise 4Chan. That would be hypocritical of her!
Dude, she was crushing hard on those anonymous, basement-dwelling cyber-bullies. Her willingness to attach herself to the-story-of-the-day makes her current awareness campaign kind of moot, doesn’t it?
Isn’t backtracing wonderful?
Julia Allison didn’t use her 1,354,693,589 online social media accounts and platforms to defend Jessie and Rebecca. (Those poor girls!) But her glaring oversight could be forgiven. I’m sure Donks has been furiously drafting legislation that outlines her cyber police plan. It had nothing to do with the fact that Julia Allison only thinks about herself.
AnnieMN: Well, I didn’t see your talk, but I did read your latest column on cyber-bullying. Can you please elaborate on what your proposed online police force would do? What authority would it have? How would it punish people – fines? Internet restrictions? How would the content of blog posts and comments be judged? What is the law to be enforced? Would individuals and communities no longer be able to choose to be anonymous?
I’m interested because I’m writing a dissertation on policing, and as complex as issues about rights protection and democratic policing are, it seems that they would be even more fraught and undefined when it comes to the internet. Your policy solution seems a little empty right now unless you can provide a more rigorous definition of what the cyber-police would do and how they could do it given the existing legal framework.
juliaallison: These are all great questions. I don’t necessarily know the answers, although I think it’s certainly time for society and government to discuss what this would entail. . .
Yes, please do Julia’s advocacy work for her. She just came up with the idea of institutionalizing a thought-police state. It’s up to you to flesh out the details. She’s too busy picking out bridesmaid’s dresses.
(On a side note: I quite liked the original emerald green dress. The subsequent suggestions? Not so much. The idea that people will be thinking St. Patrick’s Day at a July wedding is fucking stupid. And, Donkey, as the maid of honor, you really need to suggest the bride pick a dress that is flattering to most figures and not one that is just flattering to yours. Though, I still cannot believe you haven’t realized that the A-line dress is a cut that is doing you no favors. The same with maxi-dresses. Stop it.)
So, unfortunately, I think it is safe to presume that the cyber police won’t be getting “You Got Mail , Motherfucker!” on all our assess any time soon, because Julia simply does not have the time to orchestrate the course of the national conversation. That’s not an advocate’s job at all. (Actually, it is.)
She read a couple of emails that called her knees “fat.” She’s done, y’all. You’ll have to talk about it amongst yourselves and do the rest of her job for her.