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    20th of Apr '17 @ 8:38 AM


Hello, everyone. This debate is about the Netflix exclusive show, 13 Reasons Why.

!! TRIGGER WARNING !!

I became curious to watch this show because I read a lot from people saying 1. it's very triggering; and 2. each person will react differently. So I guess in a way, I wanted to see how I would react.

In case you are not familiar with it, it is about a girl, Hannah, which committed suicide, and left behind some tapes explaining/blaming people for it. It is also triggering in other subjects: sexual assault, bullying, and depression.

I would like to have your opinion on whether people who have been affected by these tragedies should not watch it.

I, personally, am a depression survivor with anxiety. This show has triggered it once, and led me to call my boyfriend at 3 am to avoid having an anxiety attack. Then again, I did read articles/posts warning people who had been through this to not watch it, and I still did.

Should people avoid watching it completely?
How do you know how it will affect you if you have not watched it?
There are also a lot of advertisements for this show. Is it okay for them to be so spread out, when they clearly mention suicide?



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    23rd of Apr '17 @ 3:05 PM


I haven't watched the show but I did read the book. The story should definitely come with trigger warnings, but I think it depends on the person to decide if they can handle it or not. It could be very helpful to some people and very harmful to others, depending on their situation and what they are able to handle at that point in time.



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    25th of Apr '17 @ 3:38 PM


I'm actually pretty torn when it comes to this series.
I finished it a week ago, so I've had some time to sit with all the information and kind of process it. I've read a lot of different articles on this that all basically agree that this series did not adhere to any of the guidelines that experts have set forth in order to protect viewers from a lot of the graphic scenes that were shown in the series.

I know that I am personally really disappointed with the fact that there was no mention of any suicide prevention resources. Or, if they did mention them, Netflix skipped over them with their auto-play feature. Which is just as much of a problem, in my opinion.



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    15th of Jun '17 @ 7:21 AM


Did the show trigger me? Yes. Do I think everyone should watch the show? Also yes. Why? Because suicide isn't pretty. You never know what you might say or do that affects someone so deeply. Little things matter. As the tag line for the book says....everything affects everything.

Was the show graphic? To an extent. Could have been a lot worse. But guess what? Life is graphic. People can't keep turning a blind eye to things like this, thinking they don't exist. Kudos to the producers of 13 Reasons Why for not being afraid to show life how it is or wrapping it all up with sunshine and daisies.

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    16th of Jun '17 @ 3:57 PM


Personally, the show did trigger me, but I still finished it. I, being a person who tends to look deep into things, ultimately got something good out of the show. On the surface, I can see this series as very upsetting to some, and yes, that's how I walked in viewing it, upset, but something about it really reeled me in after watching it a few. Good on Netflix for allowing such a show on their streaming service, I guess. Do I think you should watch it? I mean, maybe. I had a few people that I could rely on to discuss the episodes with me, and I'd say if you have people there to really help you go through watching it, go for it.

I personally had to stop awhile because some of the episodes did get overwhelming, so I'd also say that knowing when to stop watching is also a good thing.



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    18th of Jun '17 @ 11:19 AM


I haven't watched the show, but am very curious to, especially now that I've seen soooo many blog posts and twitter comments warning people about it. My understanding is that the big issue with it is that it shows Hannah getting everything she wanted by the suicide, and thus portrays it as sort of a fantasy wish-fulfillment version of suicide that can make it look a lot more attractive. Everyone realizes how wrong and sorry they are, etc. I think that insidious, attractive, nature to the show is what's (purportedly) so dangerous.

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    26th of Jun '17 @ 4:14 PM


I've read the book and seen the show. It inspired mental health discussion at my high school which was good. I just think the actual suicide scene was a bit too much, but at the same time, I'm not sure the show would have had the same effect if it had played out differently. I just worry about younger teens being the target age group.

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    1st of Jan '18 @ 7:42 PM


I personally haven't watched it, but imagine it must be depressing. From what I've heard, the show exposes a problem but turns it into a tragedy rather than offer any solution whatsoever. Shows can and should tackle subjects like this, but they should do so respectfully and know what is too tasteless to show on-screen -- and they should offer at least glimpses of hope so that people will be more likely to change their actions.

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    2nd of Jan '18 @ 6:07 AM


I've seen the series now, since I posted last. I pretty much agree with the general criticisms. For some reason the show doesn't talk about depression or mental health at all, and instead treats the suicide as a direct result of a bunch of petty actions. There's nothing discussed about resources or prevention, and it's portrayed as inevitable she'd kill herself because she's so alone and everything's horrible and yeah. Also, writing-wise, all suicide aside, it wasn't particularly elegant. A bunch of the early episodes were slow and boring and pointless - I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, then being like, wait, that's it? That's why they're on a tape? That's like nothing. Then the late episodes seemed to realize this issue and piled on a bunch of over-the-top nonsense.

Here is the node, you who hate change and fear revolution. Keep these two squatting men apart; make them hate, fear, suspect each other. Here is the anlage of the thing you fear. This is the zygote. For here "I have lost my land" is changed; a cell is split and from its splitting grows the thing you hate—"We lost our land." The danger is here, for two men are not as lonely and perplexed as one. And from this first "we" there grows a still more dangerous thing: "I have a little food" plus "I have none." If from this problem the sum is "We have a little food," the thing is on its way, the movement has direction.


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