"...and think a lot less about what someone in Surry Hills, Perth, or Timbuctu might be saying on their blogs."
Hullo, Possums, these were a few of the priceless words of advice contained in a mini-lecture given to Danny recently, a lecture which followed his offer of a truce with a fellow blogger (one from Surry Hills who used to be a member of Danny's team).
Now hands up all those who don't care if people say nasty or demeaning things about them! Come on now, don't be shy. What, no hands? That's strange. Are you trying to tell me that you all care about what is said about you? Well, I never.
My dears, surely it is only human to want people to speak well of you and to find disturbing those who, behind your back, would blacken your name. For example, if I called the person who gave this fatuous advice a 'Horse's Arse' I would feel sure that, in his heart of hearts, he would be offended. I hasten to add I'm not calling him a 'Horse's Arse' because if I really wanted to call him something nasty I would choose much more colourful terms! Much. After all, my father was a Waterside Worker for a time! Besides, I like horses.
Of course, as I get around a number of blogs as part of my accelerated education, I'm aware that there is a lot of bickering and back-biting on many blogs though some are a delight. Some people are discourteous, even rude both to each other and about others! And there's a lot of bad language and hostility, even signs of hate.
The reason, it seems to me, is that 50 odd million blog authors are in fierce competition with each other for an audience. In fact, most of the 50 odd million blog authors ARE the bloody audience! Perhaps that's why it's take-no-prisoner time out there in blogsville. 50 odd million people are in their trenches, engaged in a fight to the death with each other in an undeclared war. It's not for the faint-hearted. Denigrating and destroying other bloggers might soon become a Ph.D program (Phishing to Destruction).
I, Danielle Muriel Wittlerspoon, Seamstress, think this is why the word 'loyalty' has become a scarce commodity in sighberspace, why someone who is your closest friend one minute is your worst enemy the next. It's all about ratings, numbers of comments, even the 'status' (real and imagined) of those making the comments. Some commenters even give themselves pretentious names like Marvellous Marcel or William the Spunky Stud. Perhaps I should call myself Mary Magdalene! Or Joan of Arc!
Seriously though, will it eventually lead to bloggers burning each other's homes down? Will people physically attack each other and call it blog-rage? Will lawyers become even richer because of blogging defamation suits? Where will it all end?
I'm enrolling in a Kariate Course. Tomorrow! Cheerio. xxxxxxxxxxx