2014 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust  Prize for Nonfiction Finalist


Paula Todd
Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online

McClelland & Stewart/Signal


Jury Citation

Paula Todd’s Extreme Mean is an essential eye-opening investigation of internet use, misuse, and abuse. Detailing infamous case studies such as those of Amanda Todd and Rebecca Black, and examining numerous websites dedicated to the unleashing of hatred protected by anonymity and ‘virtual’ reality, Todd connects disturbing dots, pointing to a shocking trend of cyber-violence that is as nefarious—if not more so—than violence in the ‘real world.’ Investigative research with profound social, legal, and philosophical implications. Overwhelmingly persuasive. A book every parent—or anyone online—must read.

About the Book

Extreme Mean is an investigation of the motives and machinations behind cyberabuse and the toll it is taking on children, youth, and adults around the world. This isn't the playground teasing and name-calling of generations before the Internet. This new abuse's unique characteristics – anonymity, permanence, and viral audience – can relentlessly exacerbate the humiliation, pain, and danger of its victims. Paula Todd explores the often surprising roots of online abuse, challenges current academic thinking, and offers new ways of understanding the nasty and the nefarious who erode humanity and threaten Internet freedom.

About the Author

Paula Todd is a nonfiction writer and a professor of broadcast, print, and digital journalism. She is also a lawyer and a frequent speaker on digital behavior and influence, journalism, literacy, and freedom of the press. She has hosted/reported for Canada’s major television networks, and written for Canada’s largest newspapers and magazines for more than twenty years. Todd sits on the board of directors of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression. In 2012, she published the ebook Finding Karla: How I Tracked Down an Elusive Serial Child Killer and Discovered a Mother of Three




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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