Verbal and Inappropriate aggression in cyberspace30. August 2012 - 11:18 — Sanela Gojak
We can agree or not, Internet as a social phenomenon in a relatively short period of time has changed many social conventions.
As most of us is online, so we are permissive and often comment on various things, events, personalities, from what bothers us to what we approve - very simple. We also note that the comments are inappropriate, not to say mean-spirited or frustrated.
Justifying with the times in which we live, where the population that comments is the most unhappy with the standard, they are the ones who are unsuccessfully looking for work that does not avail, or which is obtained in one or another way. But again, hiding behind the screen, prepare to attack a person, and not having to look in the eyes of that same person…?
At a recently held meeting in Sarajevo, Cudic just touched upon those comments, and also the comments of support that came in the form of private messages in her inbox.
She says it is difficult to generalize about a large number of people who build their identity by expressing verbal aggression.
"Of course, this trend is not just in Bosnia, but throughout the world. Modern technology allows people with personal dissatisfaction, apathy, resignation, failure and uncertainty to post and treat it with verbal aggression in the virtual space, which to them eventually becomes an addiction" stated Sabina Cudic.
Also, analyzing and following different portals, we noticed comments containing spelling, grammar or semantic errors.
We often come across the comments of people publicly under their real name are critically disparaging other media, accusing them perpetrators for some events, calling them the yellow press.
"What is specific for Bosnia and Herzegovina is that it is a very small space in which personal animosities and frustrations occupy and define a significant part of the public space. It may or may not be discouraging for those who work in public", presumes Sabina Cudic, explaining that she herself beholds on this kind of comments, messages and threats as a sociological phenomenon, in which she does not want to be involved in any way, nor experience it personally, but as a sad picture of unemployment and undefined resentment of many people.
Psychological researches suggests that torrent of malicious and inappropriate comments on the internet have very negative effect on society as a complex.
"What I would do for this, often very young people, is desire them a very simple job, or some other kind of engagement, which would channel their energy in a productive way, in contrast to their current activities” says our interlocutor.
Art Markman of the University of Texas, according to Index.hr, is of the view that online comments today are incredibly aggressive, and not solving any problem. "Eventually, as a commentator you can never have the feeling like you actually said something to somebody, like somebody heard you. In addition, man encounters a large negative emotional experience that does not solve any problems or frustrations that are just piling up", comments professor Markman.
Internet enables the strengthening of individualization, pushing the imposition of the majority opinion. Furthermore, it encourages and emphasizes the importance of each individual opinions, no matter what it was, and without fear of being rejected by the majority. And that's one of the main reasons why more and more young people is involved in global activism.