Bullying é o ato, sem tradução que eu conheça em português, de maltratar um dos membros de um grupo, usualmente na época escolar quando crianças podem ser inacreditavelmente cruéis.
No Japão é chamado de “ijime” (maus tratos) e é um problema muito sério nas escolas primárias e secundárias.
Aqui no Brasil, com certeza acontece (o menino gordo e feio que é ridicularizado pelos colegas e apanha depois da aula sem motivo)
“Social networking has rapidly transformed the way we interact with each other, and has started to redefine the idea of friendship, making it something much more nebulous than in pre-web days. But where casual friendship thrives, so does casual enmity. The free association that social networking sites put within everyone’s reach cuts both ways, creating an equally fast, free and easy tool for those who do not want to be our friends. And the social pressure users feel to create more and more connections scatters personal information about themselves more and more” indiscriminately.
Como o Facebook agora é uma plataforma aberta, em que os próprios usuários (programadores) criam novas aplicações (widgets), apareceu também a possibilidade de criar “listas de inimigos”. Veja só:
Goes under the strap line ‘Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer’.
Set up as a riposte to the perceived bogus nature of many online friendships, Enemybook runs off the back of Facebook.
It allows you to add people as Facebook enemies below your friends, specify why they are enemies and notify them that they are enemies. You can also see who lists you as an enemy, and even become friends with the enemies of your enemies.
Similarly to Enemybook, Snubster derides the notion of social networking sites, and can run off Facebook. Users can build lists of personal enemies from their Facebook contacts, who will then be sent a snub and will be alerted that they are either ‘On notice’ or ‘Dead to me’.
Modelled on the Facebook concept, and with an almost identical layout, Hatebook offers a less friendly approach to the world of social networking. You can befriend ‘Other haters’, and your homepage alerts you when ‘Other fricking idiots’ contact you. The site also provides you with an ‘Evil Map’, marking the locations of other users. The antithesis to Facebook’s emphasis on making friends, this is an open forum for abuse and aggression.”