The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as:
Definition of LIBEL
a : a written statement in which a plaintiff in certain courts sets forth the cause of action or the relief sought
b archaic : a handbill especially attacking or defaming someone
a : a written or oral defamatory statement or representation that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression
b (1) : a statement or representation published without just cause and tending to expose another to public contempt (2) : defamation of a person by written or representational means (3) : the publication of blasphemous, treasonable, seditious, or obscene writings or pictures (4) : the act, tort, or crime of publishing such a libel
*from URL: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/libel
While I had originally intended this blog entry to be on the subject of bullying, especially after a recent local incident of a bully's father threatening, at gunpoint, a kid who apparently retaliated against a bully at school, became the subject of general discussion on the radio and TV, I couldn't help but find an ironic link to what legislators are impinging on our civil liberties.
In my search for something clever on the subject of the high school hierarchy, I stumbled upon these:
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|FROM URBANDICTIONARY (URL: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=high%20school%20hierarchy)|
They date each other, hang out with each other. Sometimes cheerleader girls will hang out with girls who play other sports, like volleyball, gymnastics, or track. But jocks very rarely expand their social circles.
They're "hipsters" who play in the band or sing in the chorus or both, and take music very seriously. They take extra music classes, do the play and musical, and only hang out with each other.
They generally hang out in some remote area of the parking lot before, after, and during school. They don't do much.
These are the girls that crave attention, usually in the form of male Facebook likes, and then complain about creepers on their bikini/cleavage shot.
They are generally black or Hispanic. They talk loud, wear clothing that is much too tight, act uneducated, and Typee Lykee Diss .
Excellent grades, athletic, ambitious. They are the ones who came to public school after a private Catholic school. They make friends with the popular kids.
Not necessarily smart, these kids love hanging out in their rooms with a video game. Sometimes they get good grades, but not always.
They hate the mainstream, just like music kids, but goths hate music kids too because they just hate everyone. They stay below the radar and sit in the corner.
They don't have any friends. They are often used by others for a quick laugh. They are bitter wallflowers. They either look down on others or are afraid of others.
I was extremely surprised that the bully role was overlooked! I mean, come on! Who doesn't know Biff Tannen?!
Or the O'Doyles?!These lengthy definitions aren't from me and they weren't taken from Wikipedia, these are basically from Urbandictionary.com (a more timely and relevant basis for today's lingo and terminologies). Reading from the various definitions, it's pretty safe to say that there is a recurring theme of bullies being agents of undeserved misery to the defenseless.
|1.||bully||1438 up, 182 down|
A young hoodlum who revels in making peoples lives a misery during school years. Happily though, when they grow up they will have nothing more to look forward to than getting anally penetrated every day by fellow prisoners in the shower, or, by the prison wardens truncheon ;D
Bully me all you like loser, you're the one who will walk like John Wayne the rest of your life :D
|2.||bully||873 up, 123 down|
A person who makes fun of others based on their own insecurities about life.
Man that big ugly bully makes fun of all of the smaller ugly people.
|3.||Bully||215 up, 31 down|
To humiliate, persecute, underestimate, harass, lower, tease, desocialize, hurt, discriminate, jeer, ridicule, bother, disturb, molest, trouble, embarass, mishandle, insult, weaker, injure, harm, affront, torture, offend, prejudice, torment, intimidate...
Arrogant,dictators wannabe,that BULLY other people, to prove that they are the cool ones. What they dont know is that they are slavers of their own clothes, bodies and futilities. Bullying is for those who cannot be as autentic as you.
|4.||bully||694 up, 122 down|
The dumbest shit that think that making people miserable is good when it only makes them look dumber.
The bully gets what he deserves if he gets suspended.
|5.||bully||127 up, 18 down|
Bullies are scum, pure and simple. They torment people who can't defend themselves, they revel in the suffering of innocent people who have never done anything to hurt them. They are the REAL reason for the Columbine shootings, they are the main reason for kids dropping out of school, or worse, commiting suicide. It's not just kids who can be bullies, teachers can be even worse, seing as how they have authority over the kids. But when their victims stand up for themselves, their true nature shows: a cowardly, spineless worm.
Bullying is a problem, a much bigger problem than violent video games.
Kids rarely confront conflict. Bullies instigate conflict because IMO they have a twisted sense and perception of how to use their perceived powers/capabilities. Even Captain America knows this *wink*.
NVM the "problematic home" excuse. That's BS, any civil and kind hearted person would never make another innocent by-stander's life miserable, just because his life isn't doing so well. That's what thieves and criminals do (dahil sa "matinding pangangailangan" daw), they make excuses and put the blame on the general conditions of their lives. Bullies merely pick on what they perceive to be weak people. Kids being bullied are torn with the realities of being bullied and the values that our educational institutions try to emphasize, i.e., forgiveness, tolerance, and non confrontation. Besides, kids will be labeled as snitches by the bullies if they tell adults or are mostly concerned of getting a "strike" record for fighting at school (even though it's against a bully).
I've always felt that bullies of all ages deserve permanent locomotor paralysis, but that's just what has been embedded in my mind since my younger years. With great power comes great responsibility right? If these bullies are so tough and confident enough to think that they can't be touched (i.e., the illusion of being empowered) then they should have accountability and have a sober temperament with what they do instead of showing how irresponsible they can be if given the resources.
Meanwhile, I should add that it's extremely ironic that our legislators would pass an extremely flawed cyber crime law. When someone is elected into office (by the people!), they have been put there to be subjected to all kinds of criticisms. That's what the job entails. They are given extraordinary powers through their offices that no mere citizen will be able to wield.
According to Senator Sotto, he inserted the libel provision because he felt that he was being bullied on cyberspace! Well, I don't know, maybe it was because HE WAS PLAGIARIZING somebody else's work by dismissing the names of the true authors of the ideas he had dispensed during his speeches?
Now, with the passage of a law like this, public officials are given the tools to "protect their untarnished reputations" by embedding the libel provision to the law so they can protect themselves against "cyber bullies", because they are oh so weak, defenseless, and powerless. Well, how about we pass a law for the sake of the kids being bullied?! How come these selfish aholes who have the backing of sovereign-conferred powers prioritize the protection of their own "images", when kids at school get mowed down by bullies? Are there no ideas for laws that would actually castrate would-be adult bullies, by disciplining bullies who are still at a young age?
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