It is a disturbing realisation.
No masks. No pseudonyms. No real barriers…
To create a virtual self, bound wholly to the real self, while openly, without hesitation, standing for something one feels completely necessary and allowing the window for retort – indeed a desired result – is in itself liberating. I have never, from day one, proposed to know everything; as much as any other blogger, I’m just another person sharing information, musings and thought experiments. As much as I respect – completely embrace – free speech, I’ve stumbled upon the darker corners of such an arena which provides some angst.
Having worked for close to a decade in customer service whilst a high school and uni student, I’ve grown a fairly thick skin (there’s not much left under the sun that I’ve not already been called). However, even I’m a little concerned by the level of effort I’ve found in some of the emails I’ve received, the obsessive nature some seem to go to breakdown background information of my blog and myself and most importantly, when I find out that others that know me have been sort out solely because they know me.
You can’t help but wish you hadn’t been so honest about your real self, that you hadn’t taken such a stand – that you hadn’t bothered at all…
Wait… Could that be the hope of such people – to intimidate, stalk and belittle others in an attempt to knock them down and if it doesn’t work, prove that you can trace them and those they know?
Soon, I’ll be a married man. I have a son. I don’t need some stalker (ie. Pete Ridley) demanding personal information from me to to search up information about me for further background. I don’t need citizen scientist, unhappy that I won’t double my degree with their backyard equivalent (ie. Adam) sending me increasingly vile emails. I truly wanted to engage with such people, until, of course, I saw this side of some of the members of the blogging community.
I can’t help but find it intriguing and hopelessly disturbed that someone who demands the Heartland Institute has been misrepresented would smugly inform me it a bad idea that I question him…
And on the flip side, to ignore such people gets it’s own criticism; censorship. So, am I suppose to sit here and take it however such characters wish to serve it?
Well, no, I won’t stand for it and from now on I’ll limit my efforts and will not hop on any more merry-go-rounds. I don’t want to censor and am well aware that not everyone considers the overwhelming scientific evidence convincing, that some will go as far as to seriously entertain certain conspiracies (although, not all). I’m sure some will back this up with the odd science paper or two.
I don’t care – I’m sure I’d hear about the overturning of the AGW theory in the most recent Science or Nature if it occurred.
I won’t allow the more repugnant characters intimidate and insult nor will waste copious hours in repetitive nonsensical “debates”.
Introducing the Alfoil hat!
From now on, three warnings and out comes the hat. Adelady originally put me on to the idea which is in many aspects the same as Greenfyre’s Dunce’s corner. There are a few characters that I won’t even entertain there however and I explain who and why under the alfoil hat. Otherwise, it seems to be the only way to avoid being labelled as yet ‘another agent of alarmism, denying readers from exposing the truth’, while saving my time, effort and sanity.
As for those who I will no longer entertain on any level, I continue to reflect on these with a mixture of awe, concern and confusion. I don’t understand why there’s the need for such nastiness and stalking.
Here’s hoping we can now move on to positive, innovative and rewarding discussions from here on in. 🙂