Amendment: This post was just to make sure that people knew about the story.
Welcome, new people!
For anyone who was following this blog, I was ill on Day 5, so no entry was made. I apologise to those who were expecting additions to the story – these will come on Day 6 (later today). Messages of sympathy will be appreciated!
So – the Amanda Todd story.
On September 7th, 2012, a young girl called Amanda Todd placed a video on YouTube. You can watch it here:
It was rather heart-rending. At first glance, only a person with a heart of stone could not be moved by it. Very sad and distressing, but in a way uplifting. It was accompanied by this text, which I guess was meant to be inspiring:
‘I’m struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I’d rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don’t hate, although im sure I’ll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyones future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I’m still here aren’t I ?’
I will go further into an analysis of this video later on in my blog. Now is not the time.
To a certain extent, by YouTube terms, it was ignored. Then, on October 11th came the news that (supposedly) the girl in the video had been found dead. Although media has stated suicide by hanging there has, as yet, been no confirmation of that. This is very likely because in all suicide cases there is a reluctance to publish details for fear of copycats – it is interesting to note that, after other famous suicides, the suicide rates have increased by up to 12%. However, as will also be explained later on in the blog, I think there is more to it, even to the extent that I believe it has been faked.
Anyway – response to the news was huge. In what can only be described as the arrival of a massive bandwagon, hundreds of R.I.P. Amanda Todd Facebook pages appeared – at one point, there were over 300. The video, and copies of it, garnered hundreds of thousands of hits – the original copy alone has over 7 millon. The most popular of the R.I.P. pages rapidly achieved 400,00o likes, ending up, before it’s demise, with nearly 1,500,000 fans (more of that later).
The press, forced by the arrival of the Internet to rush in to be first on the bandwagon, also reacted massively. Garbled articles were published worldwide, all of them hugely flawed in their reporting, and none of them properly researched. It was the beginning of the myth that is the Amanda Todd story.
Soon, there were two major, and very strange dichotomies emerging.
Firstly, Anonymous, never slow to try to get publicity from a bandwagon, emerged with a story that is was all fake. Please note: like all Anonymous announcements, they were entirely wrong. The announcement was made under the heading ‘Amanda Todd Media Scheme’. Here is the text, and a copy of the original video, which is becoming increasingly difficult to find:
Dear brothers and sisters. It is now time for you to open your eyes.
Some of you accused our last public announcement as fake and harsh, but we can assure you we are not fake. Nor will we stand to see our society collapse.
In a publicity stunt, this mysterious figure “Amanda Todd” was denounced as dead. We are here to spread the message that there was no character called Amanda Todd. You have all been confused, lied to.
As some of you may have noticed, the official page announcing her death was created on August 10th, 2012. Isn’t it mysterious that this Amanda Todd passed away on October 10th, 2012? I think so, and many citizens of the world agree.
The media is using this story, spreading it. Mainly for the fact to catch internet users who download and watch child pornography.
You have been lied to, together we will stand to defeat the evil scheme of the media. They think they can control us, but we will not be silenced.
We, as a nation, will not stand for this.
We are anonymous.
We are Legion.
United as ONE.
Divided by zero.
However, Anonymous, realising their stupidity, rapidly moved to delete all copies of the video, preferring to go down the even more ridiculous route of unmasking the so-called stalker. I will discuss this much more prominently later, but, due to press hysteria, this second video – the infamous ‘Kody Maxson’ accusation – almost instantly became a version of the truth, and was picked up by a news and gossip hungry group of journalists who ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Moving on – the second dichotomy. Within a few days, Amanda Todd was becoming almost saint-like in the eyes of the public and the media. It was, and still is, truly extraordinary. Words like ‘angel’, ‘inspiration’, and ‘role model’ were widely used. But parallel to that came a wave of hatred and criticism on a puzzling scale. How and why this wave of hatred came about, I will seek to explain later, but it was ferocious.
Huge discrepancies in the story started to appear. One of the core aspects of the story was the ‘one-off flash’ moment. We were led to believe that, in a brief instant of indiscretion, a person or persons unknown had in some way, through flattery, managed to entice Amanda to flash. A relatively common occurrence. However, large amounts of contradictory evidence soon appeared, some of it absolutely true, and some of it, as yet, difficult to verify. The sheer volume of the descriptions of her online behaviour make it difficult to dismiss, and what seems to be easy access to incriminating photos show that she was, in fact, notorious for online webcam flashing, even to the extent of actually being banned from one of the worst offending channels – BlogTV. More of this later.
Although people tried to deny that these were true photos – saying that they were faked through photoshop – the most convincing evidence was the video (now completely off-limits, but I think I know where it can be found). It’s almost impossible to fake a video to such an extent. So the ‘one-off flash’ was easily dismissed.
Apart from the publication of the photos, witness evidence also appeared to say that, in reality, it was Amanda Todd who was a bully. There is enough evidence to make this convincing. People started to point out that other aspects of the story as told in the video were also dubious: does an ‘angel’ really indulge in under-age sex (to what level we are unsure, but at least once); does an ‘inspiration’ really go through substance abuse? (if so, just who was facilitating all this); and, perhaps more importantly, does a ‘role model’ commit suicide.
Since the event, the facts have been muddled, and this is partly what this blog is here for – to unravel the story and to provide the truth. In case you’re wondering why this hasn’t occurred in the mainstream press, it’s simple – what newspaper is going to be the first to reveal the whole, nasty truth, and risk losing their gullible readers?
I hope this sheds light on the Amanda Todd story for all people who are new to it. If not, please feel free to ask questions.