I’ve stated this maxim before and I’ll state it again: The road to hell is paved with good intentions. And, indeed, it is. Regardless of how passionate one may feel about an unfair situation, criminal act, or social injustice having good intentions bolstered by mob mentality rarely accomplishes more than the shredding of facts and the ruining of any potential justice.
The assumption tends to be, by the masses, that good intention automatically leads to moral actions which influence change for the better. However, for all the good intent behind reckless protest and passion we should never underestimate the power of unintended negative consequences.
Case in point the Steubenville Ohio Rape case and the apparent involvement of what is assumed the non-ANONYMOUS faction #KnightSec which has inserted itself into an ongoing investigation without a plan. “We must do something!” they say at least in terms of behavior but what exactly? And do something, they have. They’ve created chaos, disharmony, risk of retraumatization for the victim, and have succeeded in making themselves look like clueless idiots to the thinking person and heroes to those who do not understand criminal process. In the meantime, the victim is potentially being re-injured by the prankster-trickster-hacktivist antics of emotional two year olds intent on creating a mess only to watch others clean it up. Shameful.
Saturday’s impending protest #2 in Steubenville has the potential to go horribly wrong but will anyone care? Probably not. As long as those who wish to bask in the limelight of national attention at the expense of the victim (whether intended or not) continue their sensational antics the risk that true legal justice may never be brought to this case becomes an increasing probability. Additionally, the continued use of the rape victim to their own advantage in terms of parading her attack around in public is in itself another form of rape: emotional rape. But who cares, right? Just as long as they spell your name correctly on whatever news show you happen to appear? That is the true potential fallout: the limelight seekers get their 15 minutes of fame and a few mentions by D-list actors. But the victim… who cares what all of this circus behavior does to her in the long term, right? Deplorable.
Vigilante narratives may seem romantic in theory but rarely play out well in reality. Unfortunately, this apparent wannabe faction, this #KnightSec of ANONYMOUS does not understand this concept which ultimately might be to the detriment of justice being served in the Steubenville Rape case. Some personalities are simply motivated by destruction and opposing established order. For evidence of this fact we need look no further than Oppositional Defiance Disorder in children and Conduct Disorder in teens which at its worst become Antisocial Personality Disorder in adulthood. To be certain, I am not suggesting that all participants and factions within the so-called ANONYMOUS movement are, in fact, suffering from Antisocial Personality Disorder. However, the behavioral pathology bares striking similarities. I could assign all manner of terms to their behavior thus far; Passive-aggressive comes to mind, so does narcissistic.
As a group ANONYMOUS boasts that they are non-violent protesters of mainstream organization which begs the question, “why are they inserting themselves into politics and criminal investigations, both of which have the potential to turn violent as a result of lynch mob mentality?” It would appear that this ANONYMOUS wannabe faction known as #KnightSec is in grave danger of becoming what it appears to despise: power hungry bullies who leap before they look and always at the expense of others.
~Amy Lynn Burch
(and I am not ANONYMOUS)