The video above will be the new "What is the Internet, anyway?" in 20 years, when we look back on the "cyberbullying" frenzy through the lens of the stilted discourse that defined it. In it, Justin Bieber dons his smart-guy glasses, flatly delivers a plea to use the Internet to make "a positive impact on the world," and counsels a victim of cyberbullying, who doesn't really articulate her story well. She references an AIM conversation that caused people to IM her hate messages, but she doesn't explain what the contents were that made people so angry. I'm not saying she brought the hate on herself, I'm just saying she's rocking bitchy bangs. #nocybo.
Tonight, ABC Family premiered Cyberbully (sorry, Cyberbu//y), a TV movie it hyped as a call to "delete digital drama." Which is funny, because Cyberbully itself was so hyperbolic and drama-filled that you'd think there wouldn't be any of it left lying around to get rid of, anyway.
Today, Good Morning America sat down with Jessi Slaughter, the 11 year-old victim of intense cyberbullying, and her parents. She talked about the content of her videos and how she's reacted to the firestorm that her videos touched off.