There are some things in life that can’t be bought. Anonymity is one of them.
Once you become famous and therefore recognisable you become public property and people feel entitled to judge you on everything from your appearance, parenting skills, life choices, behaviour and voice.
This week a fellow Australian blogger has been vilified on social media by keyboard warriors who didn’t like her latest post, she posted a video in response to the backlash and was very upset, saying the bullying culture is coming from the parents and the trolls had won.
It made me sad, there is no reason to attack someone for sharing an opinion piece about their personal life, if you don’t like it, don’t read it or scroll on, what do you gain from leaving an abusive comment? Negativity breeds negativity.
The written word has power. Writers understand this and treat words with respect. Writing has always been about connection, community, characters and circumstances. Writing evokes emotion through possibility, perspective, pathos and persuasion. Writing is in itself a positive interaction, a way to communicate and educate. If the sole purpose of writing is to humiliate and assassinate then its not writing in its purest form, it’s a weapon of spite designed to generate hate.
If you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face then don’t write it on a public forum. Computers don’t remove accountability.
Refrain from leaving a permanent stain with the sole intent to cause pain.