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Amber Cole, April Pratt, Adelyn Hosehbo, Mariah Yeater… It’s been a bad week for young girls on Twitter [OPINION]

First there was Amber Cole. Then there was April Pratt. Then Adelyn ‘Hosehbo’. Now Mariah Yeater. In little over a week, four young women have found themselves thrust into the spotlight via Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites. And in each case, it seems like people around the world are gorging on a feast of moralising.

Irrespective of the rights and wrongs of each case (and we certainly don’t know enough to be too judgemental about any of these people), it’s interesting to see how people have swarmed over these cases. You know what they say about opinions: they’re like assholes, because everyone’s got one. Sites like Twitter allow people to vent their opinions, throwing their thoughts into the mix along with millions of others. It’s a kind of herd or group mentality.

The point I’m making is that it’s easy to make a snap judgement and then jump on the bandwagon. And it’s easy to think that we know all the facts.But we rarely know enough to be able to form a firm opinion, even if we like to think we have a good ‘instinct’ and we know what’s going on. Twitter doesn’t present facts: it presents rumours and guesses, repeated so many times that they seem real.

The scramble to comment is perhaps best illustrated by the people rushed to watch and share the Amber Cole video. Given that the video contains alleged child porn, perhaps a little more circumspection might have been advisable. Or would that require too much self-control?

Then there’s Hillary Adams, the Texas woman who allegedly released a shocking video of her father allegedly beating her with a belt. That video has led to a police investigation, thanks in part it seems to a campaign by members of Reddit. The contrast could not be greater between Adams and the other girls discussed in this article: whereas Adams is portrayed as a victim, the others are to varying degrees portrayed by many as being the architects of their own misfortune.

So in the Hillary Adams case, people rush to help her. In the other cases, people rush to condemn. It seems we want easy, simple answers, and we can quite quickly slot each girl into a preconceived narrative. We don’t want the facts, because facts take time and sometimes people want to keep the facts private. So we work with what we’ve got. Meanwhile, you have to wonder how people like Amber Cole and April Pratt are feeling right now.

Discussion

2 thoughts on “Amber Cole, April Pratt, Adelyn Hosehbo, Mariah Yeater… It’s been a bad week for young girls on Twitter [OPINION]

  1. The internet, it’s a complicated and deep domain with no proper solution to information control.In this world where freedom to share information is considered a form of rights, incidents like the above mentioned are not the first and only.

    We could assume that people make snap judgements in response to the various forms of online news.However, it is also important to note that it is not only social networking platforms that are presenting falsified imformation, the INTERNET too, is a collection of truths and lies.That is, the opinions made online, often bearing so little need for responsibilities due to online anonymity , does not correctly reflect the true opinions held by people.

    The quick improvement in technologies led to the continual creation of new and unknown domains, which includes the new media.The making of reckless statements and comments should not be encouraged, however, this cannot go only in one way.Those lacking experience with these new domains should also adjust themselves to more proper handling of the ‘new’ information.

    Posted by Azure | November 5, 2011, 4:37 pm
  2. No one wants to be infamous. Yet many of these women carry themselves for press and attention. Why have a heart for them when they do not have one for themselves or others? Why should we care if they are recieving a bit of Karma? If they live negativity and self indulgence why blog about the negative attention. You to fed into exactly what you were writing about. So enough attention on a fleeting moment.

    Posted by Mardonna | November 6, 2011, 5:44 pm

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