I’ve been reading and processing a lot of literature and published content about cyber bullying and defamation over many years, and now, more particularly, the impact of this on people who are diagnosed with dementia. This particular TED Talk is worth watching, and has informed my thinking; at some stage, I hope to publish a blog or a research article on the topic.
Monica says in this talk: “Millions of people can stab you with their words, and that is a lot of pain, and there are no perimeters on how many people can publicly observe you, and put you in a public stockade. There is a very personal price to this.” Online, it is also very public and more sadly, is permanent; even if someone edits or deletes their post, someone has taken a screen shot and can easily continue to share it. She goes on to say, “they have a lifespan of forever.”