March 16, 2006

Lynch Mob? Security!

There sure is a lot of invoking of words like mob and "lynch mob" today. Please. Please guys.

There is no one being lynched in this latest legal battle (and ongoing RSS scuffle) surrounding your friend -- a battle that's been brewing for months (years?) now? If it has brought out the worst in the blogosphere as you say, then it has brought out the worst in your friend too. I'd argue over the chicken and the egg, but that seems pointless. Something that doesn't seem pointless is to point out that sometimes a friend's job is to stop enabling.

On a personal note, I think you ought to watch the hyperbole, especially in the frequent tossing about of terms like "lynch mob." No innocent party is being hung from a tree, pants down around the ankles, genitals cut off. No body's being dragged behind a pickup truck. Mostly this battle is taking place across comment fields online, and in law offices, PCs, living rooms, and even a million dollar home or two offline.

I don't think a lynch mob could get through security.

This is technology--it's one itty bitty part of the world. And it's funny how sometimes the people (dare I say men?) who invoke such imagery serve to make themselves and this space seem a tad bit more important than it is in doing so.

Drama? How about we go back to WRITING. Remember what that was like?

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2 comments:

Ron K Jeffries said...

Well put, Jeneane. I still think my idea that Dave may have fallen in love is a great explanation.

mcd mcblog said...

Jeanne,

I was hoping the internet community would circle Dave Winer and ask him gently to reconsider his bullying tactics over the RSS Board.

Alas, a cirle did form around Dave and it has given him further resolve to lay low and wait... Rogers will still have to deal with him when the crowds disperse and few a re watching and Rogers will likely slip some small details into his blog and some of us will be outraged by the way Dave "games" public opinion so well.

Shelley has taken another pass at setting out a clear timeline of events as we know them and it shows clearly that Dave is far from a victim in this situation.

Dave's acting the bully again and his friends are helping him support the delusion that he's being victimized by the mob.