Alice’s Bucket List

June 9, 2011 by Post Team 

Alice's Bucket ListAlice’s Bucket List, I was about to give up the Internet recently, and when I say close; I mean really my finger hovering over the “site delete” button on my blog. How hard can it be, I wondered, to disappear from the Internet altogether? If I deleted my Facebook profile and Twitter, for example, and asked to comment is free to move all my posts and my articles, is it possible that I just disappear from the network without a trace?

Of course I realize now that it would be possible, no matter how many I can delete online profiles, following last years comments on the Internet, as well as writing for it, there’s no way you can erase everything. And I do not want: not now. But then again if I felt very important. At that time, all I could think was, “This is not worth it I want out.”

This Internet Crisis mine came after he had been subjected to some appalling abuse in another online forum, the abuse of an entirely different order and magnitude of the kinds of things that I (almost) come to expect. But instead of going with my initial instincts and let myself be overwhelmed by the avalanche of hate, I decided instead to write about what had happened, to expose abusers trolls certainly are, and show people exactly what some of us have to face when making the choice to put ourselves “out there.”

And while the abuse he received was a horrible example of what the Internet can be at times, I have to say that the response I got from my blog, showed how bloody wonderful it can be.

For as the supportive comments that were posted on my blog, I also received emails from people around the world, and tweets and messages through other media. Meanwhile, a number of other sites ran parallel discussions on the online vitriol had been, all condemning the hate site in question and discuss ways the online community can help make the internet a more pleasant, friendly space.

I remembered this better side of the Internet yesterday when I saw the answer to the “list” Alice Pyne. For those who have not heard, Alice is a 15-year-old girl with terminal cancer has written a list of all the things you like to do or see before you die. Alice list includes things like “to meet Take That” or “have a purple IPAD”, and “for everyone to sign up to be a bone marrow donor,” and the response to it has been absolutely phenomenal. Last night, for example, # AliceBucketList was a trend on Twitter, with people all over the world discussing how Alice could help achieve some of their dreams. The site of the bone marrow register has been inundated with people seeking information about becoming a donor, while Alice’s blog has become a massive success.

Of course there have been some cynical of all the messages of support, but the overwhelming response has been wonderful, and has shown the Internet at its best. We show that, while sometimes the online world can really be a cesspool, but also can be a truly inspiring place, with people coming together from everywhere, united in the desire to do something really good.

And it is this positive side of the Internet that keeps me coming back, that means that no matter how much abuse I get from the trolls and trawlers knuckles, I’m not willing to give to the online world yet. Because in my experience, although very limited, the good far outweighs the bad, and all the examples of abuse on the Internet are examples of a dozen that the Internet has come into its own.

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