Imagine receiving an animated picture via instant message or a tweet, and experiencing an epileptic seizure. This is akin to attacking a blind person, or someone in a wheelchair. In a tale almost out of sci-fi, this has happened and now a journalist is claiming it happened to him. This is sick, and unfortunately, I think it’ll happen more.

More than 170 notifications awaited a journalist when he signed on one evening. He didn’t make it past the first one: A GIF that strobed violently across his computer screen, flashing a red, yellow and blue geometric pattern behind the words “YOU DESERVE A SEIZURE FOR YOUR POSTS.”