Extreme Mean: Ending Cyberabuse at Work, School, and Home

Category: Book
By (author): Todd, Paula
Subject:  COMPUTERS / Security / Online Safety & Privacy
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
Published: August 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 8.00in x 5.19in x 0.92in
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From The Publisher*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.

     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.
Review Quote*"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
Biographical Note

PAULA TODD is a Canadian award-winning investigative writer, broadcaster, and professor of journalism and digital media. Also a lawyer, she is the best-selling author of the first e-book to break news in Canada, Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down An Elusive Child Serial Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three, along with the best-selling A Quiet Courage: Inspiring Stories from All of Us. For more than two decades, Paula has worked full-time for Canada's major newspapers, magazines, and television networks as a prominent political and legal reporter, feature writer, and host of popular television programs. She is a frequent speaker, teacher of journalistic and digital ethics, sits on the Board of Canadian Journalists for Free Expressions, and chairs its Digital Issues advisory committee. Visit www.extrememean.com.