By: Azzy Herrera
Recently, the Netflix series ‘13 Reasons Why‘, based on the Jay Asher novel, was released and had everyone binge watching the entire season in a night or two. It hits hard subjects to tackle down such as bullying, suicide, and lastly, rape. All things that go on in our every day lives and even things that we’ve experienced ourselves or know of someone who has.
The series opens up with two teen girls posing for a selfie in front of their dead classmate’s locker and hashtagging #NeverForget. It’s set to make a statement that the we have become immune to actual feelings in relation to the internet. You can send someone a laughing emoji and feel no apparent intention to make even a mere giggle at what was read at all. With the lack of emotion and empathy towards others that has been created by the ability to say anything behind a screen with no actual physical interaction: it’s easy to fall victim to bullying.
I remember when Ask.fm was a big thing during high school and receiving some hateful messages such as how ugly I was or other statements pertaining to that subject. My confidence level dropped drastically and I felt horrible about myself for days. If I didn’t have such a supportive family and friends at the time, who knows what action I could have taken rather than to create and build on my self-love. In contrast, many people don’t have that same support and make devastating decisions, such as the main character in this series, Hannah Baker, who (sorry for the spoiler) commits suicide after having nobody to confide to.
The internet can be a beautiful, unifying, form of communication but can also shatter someone’s world completely in a couple of seconds. I see jokes broadcast-ed on Twitter daily, making statements and references to people’s physical attributes. I admit, I do most times share a laugh or two and re-tweet the seemingly meaningless post, but for someone else, it may not be as meaningless. Although we should all already have our morals set in stone and respect everyone, after watching this series, it really opened my eyes towards realizing we never really know what someone is feeling. Dylan Minnette, who played Hannah Baker’s co-worker, made a statement that I’ll close off with-