David Yamada, on his website, has reminded us about George Orwell's notion of "unpersons". These are people whose "past existence is expunged from the public record and memory,". Orwell spoke about this practice used by modern repressive governments.
In Orwell's famous book, 1984, no-one knew where these unpersons went to - they just disappeared. Real people could easily be made to just disappear.
"Today, with websites often serving as the public face of an organization, the creation of unpersons and the emptying of institutional memory is as easy as editing a web page. Entire biographies and histories can be deleted in a few keystrokes. One day, all links lead to your page; the next, you don’t even exist (at least virtually)! "
This is how it feels to be "disappeared", "eliminated", "negated", "annihilated", "liquidated" or "vaporized".
Is it easier for those who bullied us at the University of Newcastle if we disappear? Is it easier for them if we can be erased and forgotten by using ostracism, gagging clauses, silencing of our videos and website, etc?