#cutforbieber started trending yesterday (8th January 2013) and it didn’t make pretty viewing. The hashtag endorsed Justin Bieber fans to cut themselves, or self-harm, in an effort to stop the artist taking drugs.
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The hashtag was a production from a website who declared: “Let’s start a cut yourself for Bieber campaign… see if we can get some little girls to cut themselves”. While it wasn’t clear which photos were authentic, the images that I saw left me with a sour taste in my mouth. It wasn’t until later that day that people started to mock the campaign by posting pictures of themselves cutting their hair, paper or different food.
It’s not the first trending hashtag that I’ve seen that’s made me a little sick, in-fact late last year a Susan Boyle album release had the hashtag #susanalbumparty. If you’ve not seen her, search and see why it made me vomit a little in my mouth. Anyway, moving back on to my point, it seems that social media has provided the world with a opportunity to show people some fucked up stuff, easily searched and seen by millions with an addition of a hashtag.
This is the world we live in, but has this always been the case? Does social media actually help people both express themselves, but also for those wishing to seek help?
As I said previously, social media provides us with a window to show the world what we are doing, but also allowing the world in. The user ultimately has a choice as to what they are prepared to show the world, and we are more than entitled to view our opinions in this public space.