Violence and Blogging - Cyber Bullying of the 21st Century?

I’ve been following Kathy Sierra’s remarkable account of the harassment, threats and unbelievably bad behavior she’s had to dodge over the past few weeks, and in some of the comments left around the blogosphere, it sounds like she’s not the only one who has become a victim.

Cyberspace is abuzz. Matthew Ingram takes an interesting anonymous angle.  I don’t think that the freedom of anonymity allows people’s basest cruelty to emerge. There seems to be an ever growing trend of adult cyber bullies emerging from the darkness. Folks who enjoy sharing caustic commentary at the expense of others. Folks who are entirely too smart, folks who could be doing so very much more with their time and their brain cells.  Unfortunately, on the ‘net there are roaming gangs who feed off each other’s commentary, and are addicted to the adrenaline rush of creating drama out of nothing, usually at the expense of others….

Take a look at Ed Lee at Blogging Me Blogging You - he touches on the bully aspect as well, but encourages folks to not be afraid of the “Morlocks”… that wading into the proverbial blogging soup is worth the risk. The folks at IP Democracy are also talking about cyber bullying.

It sounds so grade 10, it’s disappointing that these people are all *growed up*.


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