Facebook Launches “Safety Check”

As technology has become increasingly integrated into our daily lives, interpersonal communication has become instant. Within seconds we can send a message to a friend whether it be via telephone, social media or text message. Taking this into account, it is no wonder families and friends expect to hear from loved ones immediately in the case … Continue reading Facebook Launches “Safety Check”

Amanda Bynes, Robin Williams, and the Spectacle of Mental Illness

Powerful, and very true, words. Mental illness needs to always been taken with serious and compassionate respect. This is NSFW, but I encourage the read because it is very touching.

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Internet, we need to have a talk.

I’ve had a number of readers ask why I’ve neglected to write about Amanda Bynes this last year. It’s simple, really. I don’t believe that celebrities are “fair game,” and that, when they have very human and very difficult struggles, I should capitalize on those things by writing an article, however well-intentioned. I believe they are deserving of privacy and respect, by virtue of their being people.

However, I’m making an exception here, because in the midst of the negative and callous press that Bynes has received, I think it’s time we had a chat about it from a different perspective. And then, after we’re done, I think it’s time we stop speculating about it altogether. Deal?

First and foremost, there is no way for us to know what, if anything, Bynes has been diagnosed with. The family has denied schizophrenia and bipolar…

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