Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies And Predators Online

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Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies And Predators Online

by Paula Todd

McClelland & Stewart | May 21, 2014 | Hardcover

Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies And Predators Online is rated 5 out of 5 by 2.

From one of Canada's foremost investigative writers, a groundbreaking exposé on the motives and machinations behind cyberabuse - tormenting, trolling, harassment, cyberbullying, stalking, and sexual extortion - and the toll it is taking on children, youth, and adults around the world.
 
It seems as if each week our news broadcasts, newspaper headlines, Twitter feeds, and Facebook timelines are dominated by stories of cyberbullying and other digital abuse. This isn't the playground teasing and name-calling of generations before the Internet. This new abuse's unique characteristics - anonymity, permanence, and viral audience - can relentlessly exacerbate the humiliation, pain, and danger of its victims.
 
Ugly rumours that once snaked through school hallways and around the office water cooler are now delivered at lightning speed to the world, while sexual extortion and revenge-porn sites target those who've shared intimate images or had them stolen by hackers. Cyberstalkers who target adults destroy reputations and careers. And the splendid connectivity of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, also makes us vulnerable to "interpersonal terrorism," while apps that promise privacy and rapid deletion are ridden with loopholes.
 
With vivid reportage, Paula Todd goes deep into the world of "extreme mean," uncovering the people who use the Internet to undermine lives rather than improve them. Through exclusive personal stories of online abuse from around the world, including the suicide of Amanda Todd and the untold costs of Rebecca Black's experience as "the most hated girl on the Internet," as well as interviews with troll-tormentors, accidental abusers, victimized kids, and adults, Extreme Mean explores the often surprising roots of online abuse, challenges current academic thinking, and offers new ways of understanding the nasty and the nefarious who erode humanity and  threaten Internet freedom.
 
Provocative, astute and compelling, Extreme Mean is a shocking yet inspiring illustration of behaviour that affects all of us. It's a call-to-arms for change, and a search for ways to turn a moral panic into a moral possibility.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.75 × 5.77 × 1.09 in

Published: May 21, 2014

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 077108403X

ISBN - 13: 9780771084034

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional read and look at life online! I bought this book after watching Paula Todd on Global news here in Vancouver. Extreme Mean is a well written and thought provoking look at life online. Really got me thinking and feeling for those who have been and are abused online, and what bystanders need to do to help. I enjoyed reading about YouTubers Rebecca Black and The Fine Brothers. Todd uses relevant stories and research making sensitive subject matter a must read.
Date published: 2014-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! A great must read, to learn what's truly going on online and who's behind the cyberabuse. A great read for parents, teachers and youth alike or anyone who has been or know someone who has been targeted online.
Date published: 2014-06-16

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Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies And Predators Online

Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies And Predators Online

by Paula Todd

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.75 × 5.77 × 1.09 in

Published: May 21, 2014

Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 077108403X

ISBN - 13: 9780771084034

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From one of Canada's foremost investigative writers, a groundbreaking exposé on the motives and machinations behind cyberabuse - tormenting, trolling, harassment, cyberbullying, stalking, and sexual extortion - and the toll it is taking on children, youth, and adults around the world.
 
It seems as if each week our news broadcasts, newspaper headlines, Twitter feeds, and Facebook timelines are dominated by stories of cyberbullying and other digital abuse. This isn't the playground teasing and name-calling of generations before the Internet. This new abuse's unique characteristics - anonymity, permanence, and viral audience - can relentlessly exacerbate the humiliation, pain, and danger of its victims.
 
Ugly rumours that once snaked through school hallways and around the office water cooler are now delivered at lightning speed to the world, while sexual extortion and revenge-porn sites target those who've shared intimate images or had them stolen by hackers. Cyberstalkers who target adults destroy reputations and careers. And the splendid connectivity of social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, also makes us vulnerable to "interpersonal terrorism," while apps that promise privacy and rapid deletion are ridden with loopholes.
 
With vivid reportage, Paula Todd goes deep into the world of "extreme mean," uncovering the people who use the Internet to undermine lives rather than improve them. Through exclusive personal stories of online abuse from around the world, including the suicide of Amanda Todd and the untold costs of Rebecca Black's experience as "the most hated girl on the Internet," as well as interviews with troll-tormentors, accidental abusers, victimized kids, and adults, Extreme Mean explores the often surprising roots of online abuse, challenges current academic thinking, and offers new ways of understanding the nasty and the nefarious who erode humanity and  threaten Internet freedom.
 
Provocative, astute and compelling, Extreme Mean is a shocking yet inspiring illustration of behaviour that affects all of us. It's a call-to-arms for change, and a search for ways to turn a moral panic into a moral possibility.

About the Author

PAULA TODD is an investigative journalist, lawyer and the bestselling author of EXTREME MEAN: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online, which reveals the real reasons adults, youth and kids torment, harass, stalk and sexually extort online, along with the solutions. She became the first journalist in Canada to break news in an e-book with Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down An Elusive Child Serial Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three. She spent more than a decade as a full-time reporter with the Toronto Star, and another decade-plus hosting news programs at CTV and TVO.  A frequent speaker and educator, she  is a broadcast and digital media professor, and the Chair of Digital Issues for Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, and holds an LL.B from Osgoode Hall Law School.​

Editorial Reviews

"An essential eye-opening investigation of internet use, misuse, and abuse.... Investigative research with profound social, legal, and philosophical implications. Overwhelmingly persuasive. A book every parent--or anyone online--must read."--Hilary Weston Prize jury citation