August 13, 2017 News 0

I marveled at the speed with which we can communicate with friends and coworkers, down the hall and across the nation, WHEN I GOT MY email accounts from the early 1990s.  What I didn’t expect was the impact on cultivating a feeling that email would have.  Someone — I forgot under what circumstances — emailed me a note I didn’t deserve or who.  Rather than deleting it turning the other cheek, I retained the email where it served that I was unjustly insulted.  In order to nurse a grudge what had seemed ephemeral I held on to. Both 13 reasons why show and novel focus on Clay, a high school student, who has obtained a box of tapes cassette tapes — which narrate the 13 reasons why episode 1 suicide was committed by Hannah Baker.  Rather than leaving a note, these tapes which are passed to another, everyone is created by Hannah.I will not plunder the plot but satisfy it to say that a lot of the decision of Hannah revolved shaming and bullying.  Hannah’s story begins when a picture of her innocently is passed from the mobile phone of one student to another.  Hannah’s reputation as a slut circulates just and we see the effects of gossip on the life of Hannah.  From the end of the book and show, the friendship play has intensified, culminating in a few fairly awful acts (like rape).

13 reasons why episode 1 show has been getting a great deal of press lately, as in this article at The New York Times, which monitors concerns that the 13 reasons why show’s representation of adolescent suicide is possibly misleading or even harmful.   The television play, for example, follows a lawsuit that the parents of Hannah bring against the school system, which had appeared to turn a blind eye to the distress of Hannah.  And controversies within the representation of suicide of the adaptation bring to debate and public attention of considering some adolescents decide they’d rather perish the importance.  Related to this matter, perhaps the most fascinating dimension of this story is its use of “old” media (not only new technology like mobile phones) in the flow of gossip and barbarous talk.  1 male student passes around a handwritten list comparing women’ physical traits, saying Hannah gets the “greatest ass,” which only worsens her standing and makes her the object of additional unwanted advances.  The school photographer, who develops his film also stalks Hannah, shooting photos of her including one where another woman is playfully kissed by her — resulting in reputational damage.  In a scene in 13 reasons why, the mum of Hannah finds graffiti on the bathroom wall which leads her to think the culture of shaming of the school is out of control. So too do they scar Hannah’s psyche as words deface a toilet wall.  Really, the choice of Hannah seems to remind us of its consequences it for people that are victimized by it and the material fact of speech.

Hannah offers the recipients of the tapes use a paper map to travel to find a few of the places connected with shaming and her bullying.  She is herself seizing the means of the flow of discourse that is damaging as this intervention is too late to save her life. Without a doubt, our communications technologies can create a correspondence with sometimes fatal consequences and lots of ill will.  The Rutgers freshman whose sexual relationships with another man tweeted about and were spied on by his roommate with a digital camera, Tyler Clementi, committed suicide.  Another student in San Diego took his life after images of him masturbating were circulated among others as well as friends.  While these are severe cases, they suggest us of the capacities of those technologies to empower surveillance and spying.  They also underscore we should not have to manage publicly. The tools are not the issue.  Media is as good at turning words into stones and sticks that violate as new media bodies and spirits.  The moral of the tale might be that we are watching, following, stalking.   Are we analyzing and using our abilities to connect to merely observing? This component of the narrative, teleplay and in both book, stretches credibility.  The secret would get out.  However, this covertness does gesture to keep at least a few things secret.  Not everything has to be known about everyone.  And beginning with that notion could be the approach to interrupt the flow of words — both off and online, through new and old media.

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