or “those who live in digital houses shouldn’t throw electronic stones”
Blogging makes some people act like soccer moms driving giant, gas-guzzling, Suburbans. Protected by their cocoon of semi-anonymity and not forced to interact with people in the way most of us are taught to as young children – you know with respect – they suddenly become aggressive with large doses of emotional testosterone running their veins like heroin, they speed, yell, they would throw excrement if we had not leapt off that evolutionary plateau already – the ugliness of it all just makes driving a really unpleasant experience.
Is this what blogging has become, one giant ugly commute through cyberspace? Some jackass flipping you off with 1 and 0’s, calling you names from behind his cyber-facade, tailgating through twisted-pair, driving slow in the WAN lane, not signaling when routing, or worse leaving the proverbial blinker on by continually posting the same set of ridiculous comments to your own little slice of cyberspace.
I look around the blogosphere this month and it is eerily reminiscent of 6th grade, looks like there is going to be a fight at 3 o’clock. I thought we were adults, professionals, some of us representing our organizations through the blog, some of us actually using them for revenue, and others (like myself) just looking to share some thoughts with my peers and anyone who may be interested, you know just looking for a pleasant Sunday afternoon drive.
Shimel (who I am not picking on) is a classic example of what I would term “blog bullying”. In the last 30+ days he has posted “commentary” that I would find bordering on inflammatory if done in a public forum, like you know face to face, but somehow seems normal for bloggers. He has posted less than flattering commentary on lockdown (here), eEye a couple of times (here), and (here), Vernier (here), Greg Toto (here), Symantec and McAfee (here), Insightix (here) and that is just in the last 30 days. Not to mention the numerous bickering sessions with Rothman and others
Alan is certiainly not the only one, Ptacek tends to rip ’em apart on the blog (here), (here), and (here), but he is like that in person too, so it is more natural from him than most folks. Murray notes that the last month the blogs he reads have devolved into flame wars (here), he then notes some issues that folks are not blogging about but should be, which is then followed up with a post on what makes a blog super-popular and asks what “we” would like to see him blog about (here). I don’t know Mike – how about blogging about all those things that you say no one is blogging about instead of all the personal power, excellence, life management “noise”
Damn I just blog bullied Mike! It is so hard not to, just like it is hard not to engage that jackass that has been tailgating you for the last mile. (Note: I know Mike personally and would feel absolutely comfortable giving him a hard time in person, and have)
Rothman notes the silliness of it all (here) as he steps in between Ross Brown and Alan Shimel who were cloggin up the digital highway, spewing non-relevant toxins into the air, and basically making all the “readers” who are interested in real security insight look elsewhere, of course there are the Howard Stern types that love this type of thing.
So to those who go around pointing out the flaws in others without presenting it in a respectful manner and without actually providing any insight should ask themselves wwjd? I suppose he would ask you “Let him without sin cast the first stone”