Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Death Of A Blog
The video is John Cleese's euulogy for Graham Chapman, which is some how more than appropriate for this post!
I have posted on a lot of blogs and after a while, begin to feel like I have a rapport with some of the other bloggers. I've made some internet friendships with people I've never met. In the last year, I have been posting regularly on an International French Blog and developed a rapport with some of the members and shared opinions and got to express my whacked out sense of humor with people who were as seriously silly as me.
Last June, a fundamentalist christian blogger who posts occasionally on this page and obsessively posted on some Ohio blogs followed me to the French blog and began to blog there. It started politely enough, then more and more combative, lengthier and lengthier posts...soon avalanches of multiple posts of thousands of words and entire sections of the bible translated into French and Russian. This was not a daily thing, it was hourly.
We were treated to extensive lectures on the physical dangers of gay sex and how in spite of the fact she condemned homosexuals for what she claimed was their sinful deliberate choice, she loved them, thoughm if one of them got himself killed, maybe he incited some nice straight boys to do it.
We heard about how she loved Islamic people, even though it was predicted in Ezekial that the war between Israel and Iran was inevitable and Islam was a religion of evil,
really bothering some of the Islamic members of the blog.
She tried to moderate blog behavior and language. The administrator of the blog is a very tolerant guy who last wish is to block or hurt someone. The blog members responded by an ever growing tidal wave of insane humor and anger.
One by one, the blog members stopped posting and checked back once in a while to see if she was still there. She was, and one would have to wonder when she slept, ate or took care of her personal matters.
Now the blog is dead. We all check in from time to time to see if she is still there..She is ranting about how we all went crazy and got offended by her innocent rightousness. She's there all by herself. The blog administrator called me and asked if he should just shut the blog which has been running for 5 years, down. For now, it's up and it's sort of an obscene performance art piece, by the way do you want to know about her brilliant children, their allergies to pets or her weight problem?
I'd give you the address but I made a mistake by posting it in the first place.
We all wish she would just go away. It makes you really think about tolerance, freedom, where does yours end and mine begin?
I know if she ever posts here again, I will without a drop of regret delete her comments.
I already have her ridiculous guilt infused emails going direct into my trash.
A very bad experience which made me write this about blogging:
I cannot make anyone stop responding to pointless or nuisance comments. You have to want to restrain yourself, because you understand that the only way to get rid of them is to fail to give them the attention they want. A "troll" is not just someone whose comments you disagree with, or even just a nasty or badly-worded comment. A troll is someone who does not, under any possible set of circumstances, care what you think about him or his comments. He merely wants attention. Negative attention will do. The more you disagree with him, the more he is able to tell himself that he is persecuted and victimized or the only voice of reason or one of the elite few who has the God's-eye view of the world or whatever his current delusion is. If he isn't merely a narcissist who thrives on feeling attacked, he's just some putz who enjoys irritating other people. Therefore, you "feed" the troll by paying any attention to him at all. It does not matter what you say in response. Any response to a troll just encourages the troll.
Any thoughts? Not you, Madame Voldemort.