Read this story from first and then get back to me.

Okay, you’re back. I apologize for the sick sense of disbelief and nausea that you’re now experiencing.

“Jessi’s social life has largely been confined to her computer. She told that most of her friends are online and posted a rant that included “I’ll Pop a Glock in Your Mouth and Make a Brain Slushy” (to quote this pre-pubescent girl).

Jessi is eleven years old. Her world is that of the dark corridors of internet chatrooms, blogs and the warped “reality” of cyberspace. This is not a child who is a creature of outdoor adventures, giggling sleepovers with friends and skinned knees. This is a child who is a product of our misshapen “Brave New World” wherein every idiot and crazed, froth-mouthed deviant with access to a computer can terrorize others and spew their venom into the ether. Rumor is presented as fact (hello Rush, Glenn and the rest of the coven) and truth is twisted into self-serving and unrecognizable forms.

But what are we to expect? When we deprive our children of the books that unveil the human experience and condemn them to the shallow shadows of their television and computer worlds they become denizens of the darkness and prey for the worst that lies within mankind.

And this is not just a mental cesspool for the mentally deficient and age-challenged: mature and otherwise intelligent people fall beneath the spell of the online written word, the “idiot box” and the blaring voices from the radio.

Yes, the internet has allowed the sharing of vast amounts of information, creativity and ideas. It can be the path to global enlightenment and the key to the cage for many. Sadly, however, as all inventions that are meant to better the lot of mankind, this one is being co-opted by thugs and lunatics. (As the not-proud owner of my very own cyber-stalking, mentally bizarre “village idiot” I can attest to that).

To Jessi’s parents (and I use the term in the biological sense only): buy her a gift-set of all the banned and “challenged” books in the US. Pull the plug on your daughter’s computer and read with her between therapy sessions. You may save her life, your own…  and the lives of those who may, someday, be the victim when she “pops a Glock and makes a brain slushy.”

Apparently insanity, violence and corruption are only a click away. How I wish that one had to be of legal voting age and sound mind before they touched a keyboard.

Alex Kearns

Alex Kearns

Alex writes for a variety of national and international publications. A relative newcomer to the United States, she co-founded her town's first environmental organization (The St. Marys EarthKeepers, Inc.). In turns bemused, confused, entranced, frustrated and delighted, she enjoys unravelling the eternal enigma that is the Deep South.