Political Cyberbullying: Perpetrators and Targets of a New Digital Aggression, 1st Edition

  • Sheri Bauman
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  • ISBN-10: 1440866880
  • ISBN-13: 9781440866883
  • DDC: 302.34
  • 176 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released March 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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Although cyber-aggression is not a new phenomenon, the presidential campaign and election in 2016 appeared to embolden some adults who exploited the principle of free speech to attack others for their personal characteristics or views, bringing cyberbullying into the political realm. The political climate remained toxic, and 2019 has both enflamed the vitriolic and venomous potential of public discourse and encouraged the appropriation of personal disclosure for political ends, something likely to continue beyond the 2020 election. In this work, the author, a psychologist and expert on cyberbullying who has addressed national and international audiences, summarizes political cyber-aggression, its perpetrators and their psyche, and its targets and how they are chosen. She then offers steps to defuse the effectiveness and harm of these online assaults and includes case studies. For students, researchers, and others interested in aggression, communication, and politics online.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Theories of Aggression.
2: Cyberbully in Chief.
3: Online Disinhibition Effect.
4: Online Personas.
5: Trolling.
6: Revenge, Porn, Slut Shaming, and #MeToo.
7: Managing Digital Aggression.
About the Author.