Can You Hear Me?| Reflection on “13 Reasons Why”

by Evelyn Davis

After binge-watching season two of “13 Reasons Why”, the constant theme of communication, the lack thereof, is seen but not applied. The reason being is because we live in an alienation society where its one man for himself. Not everyone is a blessing with the opportunity of creating great friendships and not experiencing pain early on in life. In 2018, relationships are about a common goal or group of personalities whom either bring you up or let you down. What can we change, right now, to influence better communication skills among friends and personal relationships? Stop texting and start talking, do not post your feelings on social media, and most importantly, listen to each other’s story.

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Social media is deflecting communication online instead of an actual conversation taking place. Texting, Facebook, and Judging are blocking individuals from forming a genuine relationship. Is it worth it? No. A status update can be easily misread alike a photo being taken. In 13 Reasons Why, the technology was old, so word of mouth was the basic communication. Just like years ago, a simple rumor or phone call could uproot someone’s reputation.  The more we advance in technology, the more we speak less. Bullying is a serious issue. If you feel like you can’t tell your friends by public embarrassment, tell an adult. They are here to help  young people. As a result, I will look at both season one and season two to show the changes in communication and how we can learn from these teenagers and adult’s mistakes.

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Season 1: Hannah’s Story

The lack of communication is irritating because so much could have been avoided. For example, the might of Jessica Davis’ party, so many events occurred and no one talked about it until the tapes came out. The guilt must be heavy by certain characters and the intense cliffhanger at the end of season one explains an unknown future. The fact that Hannah went to so many people whom she thought she could trust will help but did nothing. Her friends, the ones she tried to make or stay close to, ignored her. Honestly, if someone took her words seriously, she could have reconsidered ending her life. A simple resolution, yet, we are evaluating it now that someone took her own life. Hopefully, in the new season, Hannah can get some type of justice now that Clay finally should up for her. The one friend she did rely on until the end.

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Season 2: The School’s Point of View

Everyone is focusing on communicating better, but is it working? Well, from the evidence of character(s) still not speaking up top their parents and telling them what really happened years ago, no. At least, the adults are trying and the school counselor is more evolve with student’s mental state. Yet, this trial, things are being explained more and so far, I don’t know if Hannah’s parents will win the justice they want for their daughter against the school and the jock, Bryce. Words, situations, and judgment of character are being questioned and not in a good way. In not sure this motivation will get all the characters to stand up with Clay and fight against Bryce and make him pay for his crimes. They have all the evidence, but it is up to these individuals to speak the truth.

In conclusion,  this is a fictional story, but many people can relate to a real-life story, or incident, about a suicide victim. Communication is key to relieving stress and being around people you can trust. Social Media is a temporary release of stress, but not permanent. Not all young people or millennials care just about themselves, a few of us are trying to change the outcome of suicide, drugs, and depression. Be willing to listen and hear someone else’s story.

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