Latest documentary

The latest documentary from Holland. I haven’t looked at it all yet, but Shania Staar has managed a starring role as best friend. The blog stats tell me the nationality of people reading it and usually there’s a slight increase in numbers after documentaries. I was all ready for hundreds coming in from Holland, but there’s been barely any interest.

http://www.omroepbrabant.nl/?news/2464991433/Het+aangrijpende+verhaal+over+tienermeisje+Amanda+Todd+vandaag+bij+Omroep+Brabant.aspx

A couple of recent blog posts, but rather boring:

https://gillianmaher.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/the-sexortation-of-teenage-frailty-evil-predators-or-everyday-characters/

https://raquelbellefleurportfolio.wordpress.com/2016/03/23/fighting-slut-shaming-and-cyber-bullying-7-things-teachers-can-do/

The first one is quite good. The second one is written by the type of person who makes you want to blow your brains out.

8 thoughts on “Latest documentary

    • No. The repetitive mantra-like text eventually becomes brain-blowing-out boring. My research brings me into contact with these things so often that it becomes very depressing. It’s well-intentioned, but it just grates when one has seen the same story a gazillion times – it’s like the emotion-fatigue that creeps in after the millionth refugee story.
      Unfortunately, SJWs have a great tendency to be under-researched, thus they bring nothing new or interesting to the narrative. Both authors make a good attempt, but the lack of research is appalling. It’s not enough to watch the Amanda Todd documentary and simply have some sort of media-led knee-jerk reaction about why she was slut-shamed or that the police weren’t doing their job properly or that it was all down to a stalker. It’s not enough to look at the problems that some kids have and come up with whatever convenient flavour-of-the-month response reaction you can muster. It’s just laziness.
      This blog has shown that the whole story is incredibly complex. As the sub-header states, the only way the types of problems that faced Amanda can be tackled is in a much more honest fashion that examines the total package – not to watch a documentary and then walk away with ‘it’s all the RCMPs fault’ as an answer. For commentators to cherry-pick whatever aspect they fancy leads nowhere.
      Also, I think it’s important that anyone seeking social justice should be inclusive. The slut-shaming of males is often ignored or reduced to some sort of added one-liner, and the coverage of it is minimal. What the authors should have perhaps investigated is why Amanda’s story made history, and not the stories of Felicia Garcia, Daniel Perry, and the stories of racial minorities – or even, very close to your home, Todd Loik.
      ‘When Amanda was put under pressure, she made one mistake and the damage was done.’ It was probably that statement that annoyed me most, (cue cartoon steam coming from my ears) as I am a champion of intellectual rigour. After watching the documentary, it becomes plain that it wasn’t ‘one mistake’. Even Amanda says it was no big deal. The willingness to believe and perpetuate the myth that it was all ‘one mistake’ shows either a child-like naivety or a deliberate desire to avoid the uncomfortable truth. Either options are bad, as it contributes nothing to trying to work out just why the Amanda stuff happens.
      If the authors are to become teachers, it’s important for them to understand the bigger picture and apply a better level of understanding.
      Anyways – the Todd story has now become a modern fairy tale. In the past, teachers would tell stories of the Big Bad Wolf or the Witch in the Gingerbread House. Now it’s the Tale of Amanda Todd and the Slut-Shamers.
      Another anger-making (for me) frustration. This is more of a personal thing, but all the hooha and shouting about predators, bullies, mental health, the police and so on left the real villains off the hook. Where is/was the campaign against the BlogTV sites or sites like younownudes.com? It shows that people seeking social justice have a tendency to waste their time on wars of words rather than real action.
      Oh – a recommendation. Research Danah Boyd and cyber self-harm. There’s a lot of Amanda Todd in that.
      And a question. Bearing in mind that Amanda was a ‘celebrity of sorts’ on BlogTV, TinyChat, Dialogoo and other places; that after the police arrived on December 23rd 2010 Amanda was back online three weeks later; that Amanda was still online as isabella100555 throughout 2011; that Amanda had been warned about producing risky material in March 2011; that it was members of the public who sent information to cybertip in October/November 2011; that in November 2011 Amanda ditched all her media on orders but then went back again; that everyone from doctors, parents, carers and the police were trying to stop Amanda doing what she did, just what do you think the solution would be? It’s no good railing against things if you can’t provide a solution.
      Thanks for commenting. If you have any other questions, please ask.

      • I feel a bit dense here, but I’ve forgotten how to translate entire sites to English. Any clue? Also, is your e-mail still the same?

      • The text translated:
        Tilburg – The arrest of Aydin C. of Tilburg in Canada hit like a bomb. The Dutchman would be the instigator of all the problems that got the Canadian girl Amanda Todd for her choose her and eventually drove to suicide. Since then let the story of Amanda Canada no longer loose. Why the arrest of Tilburger was such big news, and still is, on the other side of the world, can be seen here today at eight o’clock in the evening on Omroep Brabant TV in the documentary “The Case Amanda Todd ‘.

        Omroep Brabant reporter Tessel Linders traveled to the residence of Amanda in British Columbia in Canada and there talked to Amanda’s mother, her best friend, journalists and politicians about the impact of Amanda’s story in Canadian society.

        One mistake made ​​her life hell
        Famous are her dream. At school she was an outsider. She was shy, but she could sing. Her singing talent she showed in videos on the Internet and the positive feedback Amanda did well. She closed friendships on the Internet and talked with all kinds of people.

        One mistake made her life eventually to hell. She showed her breasts to a webcam. A screenshot was posted to its Facebook contacts and the harassment that followed eventually drove her to suicide.

        Right before Amanda committed suicide, she posted a video on YouTube in which she told her story. It was a cry for help. The gripping story of Canadian teenager girl went around the world. The last video of Amanda is now millions of times viewed.

        The other side of the world
        After nearly eighteen months detective work by Canadian police, a suspect is arrested. Not in Canada, but on the other side of the world. Oisterwijk police explained Aydin C. on his bed in his rented chalet bungalow De Rosep. Omroep Brabant explained at the time the link between the arrest of the Tilburger with the case Amanda Todd. The news Canada reached quickly and controlled the media.

        Surviving relatives, journalists and politicians say in the documentary “The Case Amanda Todd candid about all the events before and after Amanda’s death. It is the sad story of a teenage girl shook a society together. A story that left Canada and have to think about Internet safety and the dangers of cyberbullying. Sunday at Omroep Brabant 12.00 and 20.00.

        You have to Google something like ‘Omroep Brabant Amanda Todd’ and then there’s an option to translate the page.

        I’m using philiprose1234@hotmail.com but you still have my other email, I think. Try me on hotmail.

      • I’m not interested in getting into a long and drawn out argument with you, because I’ve seen from other comment sections that it’s not a productive task. However, I feel I’d be remiss in not responding at all. So, just a few thoughts:

        First, your comment that those advocating for social justice should be inclusive is problematic for a few reasons. First, the author of the post did in fact acknowledge the issue of male slut-shaming. As well, the insistence on diverting the attention away from female slut-shaming is akin to the recentring of dominance apparent in, for instance, the “Not All Men” response to the “Yes All Women” movement, or the kneejerk “All lives matter” reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s unhelpful and unproductive.

        As well, much of your argument here and elsewhere seems to revolve around the idea that Amanda Todd in some way “deserved” what she got because of her online presence simply perpetuates the slut-shaming narrative, fails to take into account the fact that she was a young teenager, and disregards the larger culture of sexism and misogyny that surrounds the issue.

        And finally, regardless of your thoughts on the issue, it is simply unacceptable to describe the poster as “the type of person who makes you want to blow your brains out.” This type of (gendered) harassment – because I would be naive to pretend that this was unrelated to the poster being a female (and a “SJW”-female at that) – has become far too common and accepted in online culture. It’s disgusting, it’s unproductive, it’s unnecessary. If you had wanted to start a real conversation, you wouldn’t have led with that.

        As I said, I have no intention of continuing this argument any further, but I think it’s important that I state as plainly as possible that your comments are extremely inappropriate and unacceptable.

      • Oh honestly. I really, really would like some sort of intellectual discussion on this blog, but that’s never going to happen by the looks of it.
        Where do I start with your crappy response?
        ‘And finally, regardless of your thoughts on the issue, it is simply unacceptable to describe the poster as “the type of person who makes you want to blow your brains out.” This type of (gendered) harassment – because I would be naive to pretend that this was unrelated to the poster being a female (and a “SJW”-female at that) – has become far too common and accepted in online culture. It’s disgusting, it’s unproductive, it’s unnecessary. If you had wanted to start a real conversation, you wouldn’t have led with that.’
        Oh good grief. This isn’t gendered in any way, but you will say it is, so that makes you right. It’s the way of the SJW – make an assumption (e.g. that the remark is gendered) and if that assumption is wrong (which it is) persist in saying it isn’t.
        Anyways – let’s start at the beginning:
        ‘I’m not interested in getting into a long and drawn out argument with you’ – You are, really, otherwise you would have ignored me. You responded to the initial post because that’s what I wanted. The ‘brains out’ statement was purposefully put there to get a reaction. You should know this by now.

        ‘because I’ve seen from other comment sections that it’s not a productive task.’ If you would just address me in a proper way, you would get a decent reply. But you and the others don’t. You just witter on in a juvenile fashion which is, to put it mildly, just aggravating.

        ‘However, I feel I’d be remiss in not responding at all. So, just a few thoughts:’ Translation: I can’t resist having an attempt at putting you down, even though that attempt will be vacuous and pathetic.

        ‘First, your comment that those advocating for social justice should be inclusive is problematic for a few reasons. First, the author of the post did in fact acknowledge the issue of male slut-shaming. As well, the insistence on diverting the attention away from female slut-shaming is akin to the recentring of dominance apparent in, for instance, the “Not All Men” response to the “Yes All Women” movement, or the kneejerk “All lives matter” reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s unhelpful and unproductive.’

        I’ve seen all this blather before. The author did try to be inclusive:
        ‘(My focus in this post is on girls, but I recognize that boys also need to be educated about their worth, as they are also affected by the problematic way that masculinity is defined and portrayed by the media. I also recognize that transgender students, probably the most of anyone, need to see positive representations of their identity in the classroom. So although I’m focusing on girls in this post, I truly believe in instilling a positive self-concept in ALL students.’
        so it’s not too bad. My main bug is that so many of these types of article do tend to only focus on girls. What worries me is that a female teacher runs the risk of alienating her male students if they are seen to be not so important. In this particular case, the huge female/male discrepancy can be seen when comparing the reaction to Amanda Todd with the reactions to Daniel Perry. Teachers should be aware that boys will respond differently due to sexist influences prevalent in today’s society, e.g. boys have to be tough, have to not talk about their feelings. That’s why boys like Daniel throw themselves off bridges an hour later; that’s why the male suicide rate is high. Yet my own feelings when I read articles like the one in question is that this difference is perpetuated. How can boys possibly worry about the equivalent of slut-shaming? How can boys possibly be caught up in online shenanigans? Nah – let’s put all that to one side and concentrate on girls.

        Anyways. Onwards and upwards.

        ‘As well, much of your argument here and elsewhere seems to revolve around the idea that Amanda Todd in some way “deserved” what she got because of her online presence simply perpetuates the slut-shaming narrative, fails to take into account the fact that she was a young teenager, and disregards the larger culture of sexism and misogyny that surrounds the issue.’

        Forgive me when, once more, I let out an exasperated sigh. The ‘deserved’ malarkey is for the kiddies. Good grief, after nearly four years you’re repeating phrases used by pre-teen idiots. Throughout this blog I have tied desperately to approach the Todd story from every angle in an effort to understand what she did and why. If you’re so clever, can you even have an attempt to explain why someone should do the things she did?

        You really, really, don’t understand anything about online stuff like this, do you? I won’t bore you with long stories of how certain people spend an age trying to deal with these problems irl whilst commentators like yourself write stern words. But anyway.

        OK. I’ll ask some questions:
        Are you aware that the Amanda Todd story contributed to a rise in suicide attempts?
        Are you aware that education experts begged for the story to be dropped from schools?
        Are you aware that the kids who know what Amanda did are pretty perplexed that she is an icon?
        Can you explain why a young teenager finds it necessary to wank online for likes, despite a gazillion warnings from just about everybody?

        You want the Todd story to feature misogyny and sexism. But it’s more than that. Much more. It’s about racism (Amanda was pretty much white, but at least she wasn’t black like Shania Gray). It’s about class (Amanda was from a nice neighbourhood, Felicia Garcia was a bit common). It’s about an extraordinary pack of lies that completely obscures very profound and increasing difficulties faced online.

        ‘And finally, regardless of your thoughts on the issue, it is simply unacceptable to describe the poster as “the type of person who makes you want to blow your brains out.” This type of (gendered) harassment – because I would be naive to pretend that this was unrelated to the poster being a female (and a “SJW”-female at that) – has become far too common and accepted in online culture. It’s disgusting, it’s unproductive, it’s unnecessary. If you had wanted to start a real conversation, you wouldn’t have led with that.”

        We’ve already mentioned this earlier. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t have got involved if I had written anything else. You like to see things through your own prism – one that has to make everything gendered. It is just pathetically childish to see it that way. And. luvvie, it’s not disgusting or whatever. And note: it was you who immediately came to the pre-conceived idea that the remark had to do with social justice.
        ‘I’m curious about why the second post is “written by the type of person who makes you want to blow your brains out.” Is it her commitment to social justice?’
        Again – all you SJWs just look for offence, even when it’s not there. God, that’s so boring. Just try growing up, ffs.

        ‘As I said, I have no intention of continuing this argument any further, but I think it’s important that I state as plainly as possible that your comments are extremely inappropriate and unacceptable.’

        Thanks for that. I’ll stop immediately. LOL.

        PS: Note that my reply to your earlier comment asked you for a solution concerning what you would have done to stop Amanda doing what she did. I note you didn’t come up with one. That is so typical of an SJW, especially a female one. Willing to criticise, but never to find a solution, or even suggest one.

        Laters, babe.

      • ….and another thing. You wrote about ‘deserved’ yet one of your own students (Gillian Maher) wrote:
        ‘Carol Todd, Amanda’s mother, had said the RCMP had responded to her information regarding predators still attacking Amanda on these websites to which the RCMP replied: “If she does not take steps to protect herself online— we cannot help.”. They were infuriated with their seemingly apparent apathy however, I think that their words hold merit. If the sites she had been visiting resulted in her video being capped why was she a) allowed to visit those sites continually after the event, b) want to revisit those sites and c) not taking steps to protect herself rather than continue to poke at the bear.’
        This is just the ‘kind of deserved it’ comments that get ignored.

  1. “That is so typical of an SJW, especially a female one.”

    Ooh, trigger, trigger, trigger! LOL

    Thanks for the translation and the e-mail addy. I’ll send test messages later and see which one replies. I’ve already forgotten what I intended to send you now. Maybe it will come to me this weekend.

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