Cyber-Bullying and 13 Reasons Why Revisit

This is really a rehash of an older post.  A friend ran across an awesome Public Service Announcement (PSA) about cyber-bulling posted by the Times.

As a person that never really fit in, I cannot imagine all the mean things that were said about me in High-school.  Not many of my classmates had mobile phones, so it was not a huge thing, negative comments stayed in the originators clique .  I also actively avoided the cliques so I never heard the mean comments.

Now, everyone can say mean things and it will be on the internet, forever.  There is no going back.

All your immature, hormone driven, ignorant opinions make it to the internet for everyone to see, forever.

No only have you ruined a classmates life (possibly) you also ruin parts of your future.  Do a Google search and employers, friends and family will forever see all the mean things that you said about someone that was different from yourself.  Forever…

I love the old adage, “If you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all.”  This goes for social media as well as verbal communication.

Lets go back to my post June 26th, 2014…

ImageI found out about Thirteen Reasons Why off a list of suggested books to “change the way you think.”  I had read several of the books listed and they were okay, so I read the summaries and picked a few that I might want to read.  I found Thirteen Reasons Why quickly on my e-reader and here we are.

This is a story with a serious mood.  It is busy, past paced and chock full of emotion.  It has a unique view of how suicide effects people.  Not just the victim, but the lives of the friends, family, and people the victim may not even realize are impacted.

Jay Asher does an amazing job of setting up the story and has a unique way to present the information to us, the readers.  The suicide has already occurred and we relive the deceased’s life through a classmate via some recorded cassette tapes (and a map.)  We read as the classmate listens to why someone felt that their life was not worth the effort anymore.  We are taken through a chain of events that, while small in the eyes of others, lead to a tragic death, and a bit of blackmail

While I may not have benefited from this book growing up, I know that many would have.  I want to say this is a book for teens and their parents / teachers.  It is not.  It is all to easy to substitute a school environment for a work environment, and a teen for a 30 something with a new job, new city, new life.  We could all be the victim or someone trying to be a friend who gets left behind.

I am not going to give away any more than that, not that the story would suffer if you knew more.  I just want you to read the book and have a reasonably untainted experience.

I have so much more to say about this book.  I would rather you read it and let me know what you think.  Maybe you will agree this should be something that all citizens of planet Earth should read.  Maybe it will help you, or someone close, through a difficult situation.  That is what kind of book this is.

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