Why The Internet Can Sometimes Be A Lovely Place

Having worked almost exclusively on the blogosphere for my (short) professional life, I can confidently say that the Internet is a pretty dark screwed up place. My take away message from having spent 70% of my waking days online is that people are angry. Very angry. And the anonymity the internet provides people with allows them to act completely insane with little consequences.

That’s what makes success stories like “It Gets Better” all the more sweet (and a tad ironic.) Started by Dan Savage as a reaction to the recent stories of gay bullying (one case in particular had the internet entirely to blame when a gay student committed suicide after he discovered that his roommate had secretly broadcasted his sexcapades on a hidden webcam in their room), the project spread like wildfire—attracting the participation of a diverse group of celebrities from Lady Gaga to Vinny from Jersey Shore. Through these personal testimonies, the internet was able to evolve from being a source of torment to becoming a safe space for gay people.  It showed that although the internet can be a terrifying place, it can also be used for good. WHAT A CONCEPT. Ugh….

Anyway, Google Chrome made this sweet video chronicling the evolution of the It Gets Better project. Few things on the internet have the ability to make me sublimely happy but this was one of them. Enjoy! TC mark

Ryan O'Connell

I'm a brat.

Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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  • R216

    will you marry me?

    • klaus

      no, i'm sorry, i just dont find you attractive.

    • brandypass

      I'll marry for good health insurance benefits. But I'm pretty sure you're into men. ;)

  • william barrett

    such an awesome project

    i feel like the name of it “it gets better” made me like it and understand it before even knowing much about it or watching the videos

  • http://twitter.com/Revulu Revulú

    altho i dig the It Gets Better Project

    i wonder if you understand that this 'sweet video' is actually an ADVERTISEMENT for a web browser

    • box hot

      damnit.. your right.. totally kills the vib… all we are is…. consumers?

    • http://www.noahtourjee.com Noah Tourjee

      If a browser is going to make an advertisement, then I want it to be this one. The web is what you make of it – WEREN'T YOU PAYING ATTENTION?!

  • brandypass

    Yes, technically they advertised Chrome with it (what doesn't include product placement these days?) but it gave me goose bumps. I am a proud member of the GLBT community and I absolutely support anything that moves humanity forward. Also, people in the internet are mean. And, drink “Vitamin Water.” Now with zero calories!

    • box hot

      hello proud member

      • brandypass

        Hello fellow TC reader.

  • http://twitter.com/srslydrew Andrew F.

    That video me warm fuzzies. Twice. Let's see if it's good for three…

  • Victoria

    I just started crying. Wow.

  • Reallyyyydude

    the it gets better project was made by a transphobic, upper class white male. im sure he had a really hard life.

    • Fuckoff

      Yes. Yes, we all know that middle/lower class people, people of color, and women are doomed to hard lives.

      • Reallyyyydude

        lol, check some statistics, bro. dont be a jerk.

  • Alex

    A giant rally at my school, emerson college, is featured in this!! Love love love it.

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