New app provides liberals and school bullys another outlet to spew hate.

If you watch The Five, you heard about this new app for facebook: EnemyGraph.  Just click on the link and see who’s being hated the most and that should tell you who the current haters are.

From Mashable.com: Since the app launched March 15, it’s seemed to appeal especially to users with a liberal bent. Some of its most-selected nemeses so far include Rick Santorum, Westboro Baptist Church and Fox News. 

Come on. Seriously? Who would “friend” the Westboro Baptist Church, anyway? I don’t know any conservatives who would.

This app was developed at the University of Texas/Dallas by students under the direction of professor Dean Terry.

“One thing that has always struck me is the enforced niceness culture,” Terry told Mashable. “We wanted to give people a chance to express dissonance as well. We’re using the word enemy about as accurately as Facebook uses the word friend.”

Do any of you think that there is a shortage of “dissonance” on the internet? Is there a shortage of anger, hate speech and mean spirited dialog here? Just read some of the public comments after a Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman news article and tell me there’s not enough hatred on the web. And to be fair, it’s coming from both sides of that story.

I love Terrys lament that there’s a forced “niceness culture” in America. That is almost laughable. Well, it is laughable. With all the wonders of the internet, there is also a darker, unkind side; a side where no one can enforce niceness. It’s the anonymity of the internet that allows people to be cruel and heartless – to write things they would never say to anyone’s face – to tag team, bully and harass, especially children.

We’ve all seen the news stories of children who have committed suicide over facebook and twitter bullying. When I looked up facebook related teenage suicides, the examples were sadly, endless.

The potential for more of this horrible and cruel behavior has just been ramped up with the introduction of this new enemies app.  Can you see the ramifications of forming alliances of enemies against some of our very vulnerable children?

Bullying is part of growing up. We’ve all had experiences with bullies. But as one of the co-hosts on The Five said yesterday, because of social media, the bullying follows you wherever you go. When most of us were growing up, home was a safe place from this torment. That is no longer true.  It follows these children home to the privacy of their bedrooms and onto their laptops or cell phones. There is no longer a safe place for these kids.

As adults, we need to set examples for our kids. Creating an enemies list is a harmful behavior for kids to emulate.

And sadly, it’s just one more example of the end of “enforced niceness” –  liberalspeak for civility – in our society.

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6 responses to “New app provides liberals and school bullys another outlet to spew hate.

  • Doing Research

    Obviously you’ve never used the app, which only allows you to choose public figures, not individuals, as your “enemies.” So there’s one fallacy – no one’s kid is going to become “enemied” or something.

    I’d also like to note that there are simply more liberal facebook users than conservative ones. So every single app appeals to users with a “liberal bent” – Unless you think that 26 Million likes for Obama and 1.6 Million for Romney – yes, a ratio of 16 to 1 – doesn’t provide a clear enough picture.

    Did you think that maybe Fox News is just whining? Or are they legitimately concerned that 516 people place their societal acceptability somewhere between Twilight moves (337)/ Racism (489), and Westboro Baptists (529)/ Farmville (620)?

    • roxannadanna

      Thanks for following me over here.

      Can you please link me to the evidence that this will not be used against people we know – like school kids? I couldn’t find that evidence and I couldn’t find the evidence that it will NEVER be used that way in the future.

      Thanks in advance.

  • nooneofanyimport

    I wonder if maybe what the professor is sensing when he decries “enforced niceness,” is the chains of political correctness. Because we are “forced” to be “nice” with all the PC junk of today

    To me, political correctness is just another form of bullying, by muzzling people who don’t join in the group think.

    Of course, the prof gets it flat wrong when he decides the answer is to bully people who disagree with you on Facebook with a mean little graph.

    I wonder if it will get traction in the high school set. Hope not. You are right about how school bullying being bad enough in this age of social media.

    • roxannadanna

      While I agree with the guy when he says that you learn as much about a person by what they DON’T like as what they do, this is not the way to go about learning that, IMO. It puts at risk, children and that is never a good thing. Never. And I know as a mom, you agree with me completely on that.

      Used as a marketing tool, it works and I can see how it works. But going back to the abuse of it for bullying kids…. that’s a line for me. 😉

  • Freedom, by the way

    I clicked on the link and their last line is “What are you waiting for? Go ahead and make some enemies.” Thanks, but no thanks. I think I can handle that all by myself without even trying–just for my political views on my blog. Which is one reason I blog anonymously. Our society has thrown Miss Manners under the bus. We are now courting the lowest common denominator. And what really kills me is that this was a CLASS ASSIGNMENT? Are parents really forking over $15,000, $25,000 and more per year for their child to create hate apps for a grade?

    • roxannadanna

      Isn’t this all really dispicable? I agree with you, it’s as goofy an assignment as the class at Harvard on “knowing Obama.

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