I thought my blog might die a death, but it still gets a few visitors each day.
This whole story still puzzles me. I keep telling myself to move on and just forget it – there are many stories out there far more deserving of attention and definitely far better things to spend my time on. But I’m still perplexed – why does this story seem so peculiar? Why does the whole thing seem so incredible?
It’s easy to dismiss other Internet events – Giovanna Plowman and her ilk are just idiots, and other sad cases, though tragic, can easily be explained once the details are known. But this one? It’s just too odd.
How did a girl who, as we have seen, was pretty wild and uncontrolled, become some sort of icon of teen perfection? How did one kid manage to produce such a plethora of conflicting opinions – from the vigilante pedophile hunters still convinced that some 32 year old guy was involved, the uninformed cretins who still believe that it was all a one-off flashing incident, the bandwagonners who still think that the core story was all about bullying, through to the forum commenters and meme generators who seem to think that she was one of the worst sluts to inhabit the planet, up against those who see her as an angel sent from the Lord.
It’s all just too extreme.
I had varying intentions with this blog, but mostly it was to get at the truth of all this. Perhaps I’m really just doing it for myself – I’m simply so confused by it all that I need to find a real answer. It’s borderline bonkers. Perhaps any sane person would have simply formed an opinion – slut, angel, unimportant non-event – and continued on to other things.
But for me it’s something more than that. The Amanda Todd story encapsulated one of those dire thought processes that we all fall victim to from time to time – the ‘this is what is wrong with the world’ sort of reaction usually reserved for the writers of letters to certain types of right-wing newspapers.
The Amanda Todd story covers so many problems about today’s society in general – if it IS a lie, then it shows how much control the press has over our thoughts and opinions; if it isn’t a lie, then it’s about a lot more than simply bullying.
For older people, I’m reminded slightly of ‘Twin Peaks’ in all the research I’ve done – scratch the surface of certain communities, and there’s a Hell of a lot of hidden problems. And I’ve reached the conclusion that there is a LOT more to this story than meets the eye.
I will continue this blog with a look at Carol Todd’s blog. I think there are many answers to be found there. But be patient.
Thank you for staying with the story.