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  1. Ending Hate & Bullying
  2.  
  3. Non-profit and free for redistribution
  4. Written on November 08th | 2014
  5. Published on November 08th | 2015
  6.  
  7. For entertainment and research purposes only
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  10.  
  11. DISCLAIMER
  12. The Paranoid's Bible and its writers hold no responsibility for the acts of
  13.  
  14. others.
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  16. The Paranoid’s Bible is for research and entertainment purposes only.
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  23.  
  24. Contents
  25. DISCLAIMER  2
  26. Preface 4
  27. What is Bullying?   5
  28. Freedom of Speech and Bullying  6
  29. Trolling Isn’t Bullying   7
  30. Cyber-Stalking Is Not Real  8
  31. You’re Not Your Sexuality 9
  32. Don’t Be a Bully  10
  33. AFTERWORD   11
  34.  
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  36.  
  37. Preface
  38.  
  39. The who:
  40. People that have decided to combine their resources to create a repository of
  41.  
  42. information.
  43.  
  44. The what:
  45. A guide to helping people deal with hate and bullying online.
  46.  
  47. The where:
  48. The internet: An abused form of communication, education and betterment of
  49.  
  50. mankind.
  51.  
  52. The why:
  53. To give people the tools needed to survive.
  54.  
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  56.  
  57. What is Bullying?
  58.  
  59. According to Wikipedia, Bullying is described as thus:
  60. “Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or
  61.  
  62. aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One
  63.  
  64. essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an
  65.  
  66. imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from
  67.  
  68. conflict.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullying)
  69.  
  70. It seems pretty straight-forward, especially with the types of behavior they
  71.  
  72. describe as bullying, which include things like coercion, threats, physical
  73.  
  74. assault, or even verbal harassment. Wikipedia even goes on to claim that
  75.  
  76. supposed rationalizations by the "Bully" include things like, social class,
  77.  
  78. race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behavior, body
  79.  
  80. language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability.
  81.  
  82. The page from Wikipedia also explains that bullying by a group is called
  83.  
  84. mobbing and that the U.K. has no official definition for it, whereas some
  85.  
  86. states within the U.S. not only do have an active definition, but also laws
  87.  
  88. against it.
  89.  
  90. The issue with Wikipedia’s description, and the overall belief of bullying, is
  91.  
  92. that “digital harassment” / “cyber bullying” somehow warrants the same actions
  93.  
  94. and laws as the bullying that takes place in the physical realm of the offline
  95.  
  96. world.
  97.  
  98. The problem with “cyber bullying” itself is that, unlike bullying in the
  99.  
  100. offline world, you can remove yourself from it. Cyber bullying is also
  101.  
  102. undefined and is usually used as a blanketed term to cover something that
  103.  
  104. upsets or offends people.  The cyber bullying many people discuss, especially
  105.  
  106. the mainstream media, is one that amounts to coordinated harassment in the
  107.  
  108. form of unwarranted comments, private messages, e-mails and overall childish
  109.  
  110. and immature antics like for example: A constant, steady stream of spam that
  111.  
  112. is usually filled with racial and/or sexual expletives.
  113.  
  114. Another issue is that with current trends, people have taken to calling
  115.  
  116. anything and everything they feel offends them or a perceived minority as
  117.  
  118. cyber bullying. This is mostly seen, though, on social media and networks like
  119.  
  120. Facebook, Twitter, Deviantart and Tumblr.
  121.  
  122. By labeling anything and everything as trolling, cyber bullying or overall
  123.  
  124. harassment… we end up with a diluted sense of what is or isn’t actual
  125.  
  126. harassment and bullying. This causes the most minor and/or accidental forms of
  127.  
  128. aggression to be seen as an act of all out war against someone.
  129.  
  130. To cut the fear mongering created by the government and various charities that
  131.  
  132. make money off the “bullying scare,” we’d simply like to state this: You can
  133.  
  134. prevent a lot of so-called cyber bullying.
  135.  
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  137.  
  138. Freedom of Speech and Bullying
  139.  
  140. There have been several attempts at removing freedom of speech
  141.  
  142. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_speech) from not only the offline
  143.  
  144. world, but also the digital one. Some people propose the removal of the
  145.  
  146. limited anonymity of the internet to a full-fledged war on privacy itself
  147.  
  148. through permanent IDs and horrendous acts of censorship VIA the removal of
  149.  
  150. one’s internet connection.
  151.  
  152. Many people think a means to end bullying, online or offline, is to stifle and
  153.  
  154. censor people through a bastardization of social justice
  155.  
  156. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_justice) or through the use of forced
  157.  
  158. “self-policing” created by identity politics
  159.  
  160. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identity_politics), but it isn’t—it only serves
  161.  
  162. to stifle and censor any and all who dare question those in charge.
  163.  
  164. Freedom of speech, at least in the U.S., will always be about your right to
  165.  
  166. say and state your opinions and ideas without fear of government retaliation
  167.  
  168. or censorship however you want, wherever you want, within reason.
  169.  
  170. You see, freedom of speech means you can say whatever you want, however you
  171.  
  172. can’t go into a privately owned residence or establishment and start spewing
  173.  
  174. whatever it is you wish. People have their rights to privacy, speech and
  175.  
  176. security just like you, yet that doesn’t mean you’ve the right to invade their
  177.  
  178. area with your speech.
  179.  
  180. This though is easily measured in several easy to remember rules:
  181. • Is this a privately owned establishment or residence?
  182. • Have they stated or placed a set of rules stating what I can and can’t do?
  183. • Is this place for a specific group (members…etc) only?
  184. • Have they personally committed an act of aggression against me?
  185. • Are they near public property that I or others may use to voice our issues?
  186. • Are they a private citizen, a celeb, a business owner, religious person of
  187.  
  188. importance (priest, pope…etc), an activist or a politician?
  189. • Have they set aside a “Free speech zone”?
  190. • Does my “Freedom of speech” violate other rights?
  191. • Have I asked permission to use their property?
  192.  
  193. While many will bring up the harm principle or some other such argument, you
  194.  
  195. should think for yourself and think before you act. Assess the situation, look
  196.  
  197. at what you want to say and/or do, then look for other methods to deliver your
  198.  
  199. message (like a flier or pamphlet), but we digress.
  200.  
  201. Unlike the physical realm of the offline world, people can actively silence
  202.  
  203. (ban) you by removing you and your account from their website(s). Websites and
  204.  
  205. the communities created on them have to follow the laws of the U.S., and other
  206.  
  207. countries’ laws, to an extent. This doesn’t mean they have to respect you or
  208.  
  209. your feelings, though. There are no laws stating you’ve the right to not be
  210.  
  211. offended and because of this you must realize you’re ultimately at fault if
  212.  
  213. you become offended or attacked over something you or some else has said.
  214.  
  215. Remember: You don’t have the right to an account or say on anyone’s websites
  216.  
  217. or their communities or accounts. You must follow their rules, guidelines and
  218.  
  219. TOS—you’ve no rights online, no matter what you think. If you dislike this,
  220.  
  221. then you can make your own website, forum, chat or whatever you wish.
  222. Trolling Isn’t Bullying
  223.  
  224. Trolling is described as, “someone purposely being chaotic and sowing discord
  225.  
  226. amongst a community or individual profile.” This is supposedly done to either
  227.  
  228. bait a person into doing something idiotic or to take away from a topic being
  229.  
  230. discussed.
  231.  
  232. Others also will describe trolling as similar to performance art where only
  233.  
  234. the most subtle and intelligent can successfully pull off an attempt, whereas
  235.  
  236. even more will claim it is a sub-culture based around a meme or some silly
  237.  
  238. image of a stylized smiling face.
  239.  
  240. Regardless of what you think, trolling isn’t truly bullying and never will be
  241.  
  242. due to the simple fact you can not only ignore, but also block so-called
  243.  
  244. trolls.
  245.  
  246. Many people will proclaim that someone typing mean things and sending it to
  247.  
  248. another user is bullying, yet as the old internet adage goes “Don’t feed the
  249.  
  250. trolls!” -- This adage is something all should take to heart, as simply
  251.  
  252. ignoring someone and the things they say can defuse a situation on the
  253.  
  254. internet quite quickly.
  255.  
  256. Bullying isn’t textual, nor is it someone spamming you with racial epithets.
  257.  
  258. You can ignore those things quite easily with no real physical or mental abuse
  259.  
  260. ever being possible. Growing your figurative “thicker skin” will help you out
  261.  
  262. a lot in the end when it comes to the internet.
  263.  
  264. You must realize, though, that the internet is like the Wild West and once you
  265.  
  266. start participating instead of lurking, you open yourself up to the criticism
  267.  
  268. and opinions of others. No matter how much this upsets or offends you, the
  269.  
  270. more you push to silence or ban others, the more people will push back at you.
  271.  
  272. Take breaks often and learn compartmentalization.
  273.  
  274. The less people know about you, the less they can harass you for something
  275.  
  276. offline.
  277.  
  278. And please, learn, the internet is akin to shoveling manure. The more of your
  279.  
  280. manure (opinions) that you fling around, the more others will fling back twice
  281.  
  282. as hard.
  283.  
  284. =================================================
  285.  
  286. Cyber-Stalking Is Not Real
  287.  
  288. Before you discontinuing reading and disregard this entire PDF, let me explain
  289.  
  290. – Cyber-stalking (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberstalking) is stalking.
  291.  
  292. There are no differences between the two once it delves into the offline
  293.  
  294. realm; however cyber-stalking still doesn’t exist. Someone following your
  295.  
  296. digital footprint from one account to the next and connecting the dots by
  297.  
  298. cross-referencing the information, that you provided on those accounts, is
  299.  
  300. nothing more than simple deduction.
  301.  
  302. A lot of so called cyber-stalking (sending harassing e-mails or IMs, etc) can
  303.  
  304. be likened to that of trolling. If you ignore the person and not feed them any
  305.  
  306. attention, they usually give up and leave you alone. However, if you’ve a
  307.  
  308. multitude of accounts across the internet, and you’ve shared a lot of
  309.  
  310. information, then it won’t be as easy to simply ignore the person.
  311.  
  312. Again, we’ll state that simple OPSEC
  313.  
  314. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operations_security) and compartmentalization
  315.  
  316. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compartmentalization_(information_security))
  317.  
  318. goes quite far in small doses. There are a few, very simple steps that you can
  319.  
  320. take to ensure your safety when creating an account online. Now, of course,
  321.  
  322. you can head over to our blog and click on our library link for PDFs on a
  323.  
  324. plethora of topics that range from anti-doxing to OPSec or even things like
  325.  
  326. cosplay safety, but we digress.
  327.  
  328. If you simply want the Reader’s Digest version of the safety tips, then
  329.  
  330. continue reading!
  331.  
  332. Tips for creating a secure account:
  333. • Always use a strong password created by using special characters, upper and
  334.  
  335. lower case letters, and numbers (Example: *_9233(DAv234)-)
  336. • Always ensure the password for each account is different and is at least 8
  337.  
  338. to 10 characters long
  339. • Always use a new e-mail address for each account, never using the same one
  340.  
  341. for an account
  342. • Always use a different username for each account that’s in no way connected
  343.  
  344. to your name or nicknames
  345. • Never post your real world information online (name, age, address, city,
  346.  
  347. state, time zone, school name…etc)
  348. • Never cross-link accounts on other accounts (as in don’t tell people about
  349.  
  350. your other accounts)
  351.  
  352. You also want to try and lessen your already existing digital footprint by
  353.  
  354. checking out our PDF called the “Paranoid’s Bible” at our library link on our
  355.  
  356. blog. This will provide you with much more information that you can use to
  357.  
  358. further lessen your footprint and ensure you have a safe and enjoyable
  359.  
  360. internet stay.
  361.  
  362. Other than the above, we can’t provide much on actual stalking as once you
  363.  
  364. believe someone from the internet is stalking you offline (as in physically,
  365.  
  366. not just dox) then you need to tell an adult, if you’re not one, and contact
  367.  
  368. the police as quickly as possible.
  369.  
  370. We also have a home safety and security PDF in our library that can help you
  371.  
  372. secure your home and lessen intrusions.
  373.  
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  375.  
  376. You’re Not Your Sexuality
  377.  
  378. Many people online love to treat every little thing about themselves like an
  379.  
  380. attribute or a part of a description of some character or another. This,
  381.  
  382. however, is quite dangerous as this provides other individuals with cannon
  383.  
  384. fodder to be used against you. It may seem like someone oppressing you or
  385.  
  386. trying to stifle your freedom of expression, yet it isn’t anything like that.
  387.  
  388. On the internet, people love to generate drama from nothing for the simple
  389.  
  390. mission of creating the illusion that there exist some great inequalities
  391.  
  392. still happening in today’s day and age. While there are some hiccups, in
  393.  
  394. today’s society, we’re still one of the more equal and diverse to ever exist.
  395.  
  396. The issue is that the safer we become, and the number of inequalities becomes
  397.  
  398. less, people will look to provoke an issue in order to use it for their own
  399.  
  400. personal or political gain.
  401.  
  402. This isn’t to say people out there pick on others because of who or what they
  403.  
  404. are, but that people look to groom other individual, especially underage
  405.  
  406. people, by manufacturing hate and inequality. This pseudo-hate is done those
  407.  
  408. who think that if their group is seen to be as equal as the majority, then
  409.  
  410. they lose their minority status that they treasure due to the attention it
  411.  
  412. heaps upon them.
  413.  
  414. Some minority groups try to fight this fake hate and rabble rousing, however
  415.  
  416. within minority groups like the LGBT+ it becomes harder and harder as people
  417.  
  418. pollute it with variants of already existing sexualities in order to take hold
  419.  
  420. some of that attention. This is usually seen as teenage girls claim to be bi-
  421.  
  422. sexual, yet only ever having feelings for their male counterparts. Because of
  423.  
  424. this happening for so long, many bi-sexuals are attacked and mistreated by
  425.  
  426. those within the LGBT+ due to the assumption that the majority of bi-sexuals
  427.  
  428. are fake or somehow lesser than homosexuals.
  429.  
  430. You’ll also see this happen with asexual and lesbians, yet this doesn’t mean
  431.  
  432. it’s always gay men who commit these acts. Depending on the minority group,
  433.  
  434. some people who’re legitimate will seek out young individuals to attack and
  435.  
  436. shock in order to “rescue” and ultimately groom into following their preferred
  437.  
  438. path of activism and political belief.
  439.  
  440. It’s a sad state of affairs, but even those who’re most like you can abuse you
  441.  
  442. for their own profit and/or goals.
  443.  
  444. So, in order to prevent this, learn to distance your online self from your
  445.  
  446. offline self. No one needs to know your sexuality, preferences or any other
  447.  
  448. information about yourself. You’re not a character from an RPG; no one needs a
  449.  
  450. back story or list of attributes.
  451.  
  452. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t have pride in yourself, but only that the
  453.  
  454. internet and its denizens will twist and turn everything about you and what
  455.  
  456. you say into a perverted shadow of itself to use and abuse. It’s better to be
  457.  
  458. some random anonymous individual online than a 15 year old, African-American,
  459.  
  460. bi-sexual female who suffers from allergies.
  461.  
  462. If people knew that you’re such a thing, then they already can work out how to
  463.  
  464. prey upon you and get under your skin. Compartmentalize, don’t let people know
  465.  
  466. too much about you. They can egg you into saying or doing something that
  467.  
  468. you’ll ultimately regret.
  469.  
  470. =================================================
  471.  
  472. Don’t Be a Bully
  473.  
  474. Everyone has a right to freedom of speech and creativity, which means, as we
  475.  
  476. said earlier: You don’t have the right to not be offended.
  477.  
  478. This means, if someone says and does something you don’t like, ignore it.
  479.  
  480. Don’t attack them. Don’t exploit their past or something they said. Don’t
  481.  
  482. drive them to suicide—don’t be a bully.
  483.  
  484. People don’t realize that they, themselves, might just be the bully. Attacking
  485.  
  486. and censoring someone just because they did something they don’t like or
  487.  
  488. approve of, which is quite ironic as most people nowadays hide behind the
  489.  
  490. anti-hate and anti-bully ideologies while being some of the worst bullies
  491.  
  492. themselves.
  493.  
  494. You need to learn to accept the fact that not everyone is going to fall in
  495.  
  496. line and sync up to your beliefs and ideals. No one will fully cooperate with
  497.  
  498. you 100%, and that everyone has the right to draw, say or act as they want.
  499.  
  500. You, though, don’t have the right to attack others or bully them into marching
  501.  
  502. to your drumbeat of life. They’ve a right to march to their own tune and
  503.  
  504. express themselves in their own way. We know this will upset many and provoke
  505.  
  506. some undue hate, but that’s ultimately why a guide like this one is needed—
  507.  
  508. people need to accept the fact that political and religious beliefs will be as
  509.  
  510. varied and as diverse as the people who hold them.
  511.  
  512. Learn to ignore and grow thicker skin.
  513.  
  514. This is a part of growing up and being an adult, forgiving and forgetting the
  515.  
  516. little things that upset you or make you mad. And, truthfully, people need to
  517.  
  518. realize a life isn’t worth a fandom or a head canon. Move on with your life
  519.  
  520. and shrug off the miniscule idiocies of the internet.
  521.  
  522. =================================================
  523.  
  524. AFTERWORD
  525.  
  526. In the end, it’s all down to you and how you act online. If you say or do the
  527.  
  528. wrong thing, it can end your life and possibility to be hired. Leak too much
  529.  
  530. information, and people can dox you and harass you offline. It all comes down
  531.  
  532. to you and what you say and do—use common sense, think before you say or do
  533.  
  534. anything online.
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