Cyberbullies and Grief
Amy Ziettlow and Naomi Cahn, Huffington Post, 8/21/2013
On the negative side, a recent Chicago Tribune article draws attention to a disturbing underbelly to grieving on-line. A new form of cyber-bullying has appeared called RIP trolling when anonymous Internet users post offensive comments on Facebook profiles and other digital sites related to the deceased. RIP trolls claim that they are mocking "grief tourism," which they define as saccharine outpourings of grief. Yet to those who experience this kind of trolling it inspires disgust and deep sadness.