If you’ve never received a mean message or comment from a stranger, you may (sadly) be in the minority. From cyberbullying to trolling to regular old nastiness, the internet can be a rough place to hang out.
MICA student Lindsay Bottos has seen it all first-hand. In 2010, she created a Tumblr site to showcase her work — and in the years since, she’s received hundreds of mean anonymous messages. But instead of taking her site offline or ignoring the jerks, she decided to use their rudeness to fuel her creative practice.