Bullying Social Experiment.
Just some thoughts:
People have observed that they understand why others would be reluctant to intervene, and I suppose I see it. People don’t want to compromise their safety or get involved—I think some others also probably deny the fact that such explicit bullying is happening right in front of their eyes, so they question the legitimacy of the event.
Still, inaction only goes so far. I commend the video for its realism—others may say it’s too extreme and that’s why people may not want to get involved, but it’s what actually happens in some high schools and outside of the educative environment. However, what really intrigues me is the fact that the experiment was conducted in a college campus, in which I would think our access to higher education and awareness to societal problems would make us more sensitive and less apathetic to these kinds of events—even if safety was an issue. But some people just straight out walked by; I could understand being hesitant to act if one was alone, but groups of people didn’t even react. I guess it’s that bystander effect? Really sad, though…
Another thing I got curious about is if more people would step up had the bully been a female; I get the sense that because the bully was male and exhibited violent tendencies, people were more cautionary. The single interventions portrayed in the video were also by women—however, this may just be due to the lack of responses. But, I wonder about the role of gender binaries in such things.
And if people are hesitant to act on such a contentious event in public, what more about the bullying that happens ONLINE? Where the fire spreads far beyond the physical capacities at a more rapid pace? What does that say about the battle against bullying?