Obsession in the Blogosphere
Need to buy a watering can with the dribble-rain spout on it anyhow. Back to topic:
I've lately seen a rather disturbing thing happening on blogs that I've visited. Seems that there are a lot of people who are incensed that other people have beliefs/ideas that are counter to their own. Now, I don't mind watching a good flame war from time to time, and I've even been known to engage in some myself, but when it gets to the point where some unknown bitch starts sending me e-mails to try and discredit someone I consider a friend, then there's a serious problem.
The problem seems to be that an awful lot of women have gotten into blogging and like to make controversial posts - but don't want to have to deal with any controversy. And I don't mean the way I deal with it - which is just to delete comments that offend me - but they want to PUNISH the commenters! They want to harass their friends, flood those friends' e-mail with "reports" from their little clique about how horrible the commenters are!
What is amusing in this (to the extent that I find such pathetic action amusing) is that they will go to such great lengths to "rid themselves" of unwanted commenters. They put their blogs on "Comment Moderation". They post repeatedly about the problem commenter. They make poorly-executed caricature cartoons. They go into spasms...
Grow a pair, you pathetic wimpy bitches. Grow a pair and learn to deal with it. Get over yourself and realize that this is a GAME for many people. If you don't like someone "playing" in your sandbox, then delete their comments. After a while it becomes pretty boring to keep typing things that nobody will get to read, that disappear after a few minutes or hours. Every time you respond to the "Troll", you just show how much power the troll has over you - you dance to his/her tune... and you look stupid.
They're words. Just words. If you're stupid enough to put your real name and address et al out there, then you're stupid women and deserve whatever you get. Smart women don't give out that much personal information online until they know someone VERY well... and then they cover themselves by not giving the info out publicly, but in a private e-mail.
Some of us even are smart enough to have a PO Box or an alternate address and not let our home information be known. That's called living smart - but the stupid women dont' get that.
A while back on one of many incarnations of a friend's blog, she posted about a female (lawyer or law student, I believe) who had been harassed online. Granted, the harassment went a bit further than just a comment or 2 in a blogspot box - but... SHE GAVE OUT HER REAL IDENTITY... DUH!!! Then she got all frazzled when people knew who she was and started in with some nasty sophmoric antics in comments and posts on other sites. Waaaahhhh!!! Now she won't do lectures because she's AFRAID. She's cowering in her house.
Grow a pair. Get a tough enough skin to handle the idiots. Read their comments if you must, fume a while, then delete them. Better still, just delete them unread. Really, it's a LOT easier to just delete one or two comments from a percieved troll than it is to have to "moderate" everyone's comments so no trolls are able to comment.
They really should figure out some way to keep the rich-bitch stay-home-mommies off the internet. (Not you, Jules)
This concludes todays segment of "As the Mouse Rants". Tune in another day for gardening updates.