Etiquette Fail: Calling For A Social Media "Attack"Cecily Kellogg
Apparently, yesterday actor Alec Baldwin called on his Twitter followers to “C’mon!! Let’s go all Town Hall on that supreme thinker @michellemalkin. A world class, crypto fascist hater!”
Of course, this was after Michelle Malkin called Alec Baldwin a “hollyweirdo” and made fun of his stance against a politcal issue.
Within a few short hours, Michelle Malkin’s twitter stream was full of some of the most vile, hate filled, racist, sexist, and violent tweets I’ve ever seen all at once.
People. This cannot stand.
Bullying, in any form, and yes, even against someone I disagree with as thoroughly as I disagree with Michelle Malkin, is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that no matter what, allowing Internet attacks to happen without standing against them as a form of cyberbullying is wrong. This means that it’s NOT okay to allow your blog readers to attack one of your detractors in your comment section. It’s not okay to send folks to comment bomb on another blog, even if what they said was horrible. It’s not okay to call on your Twitter followers to attack someone else, no matter what sins they have committed.
Because the heart and soul of the matter is this: we are responsible for our side of the street, no matter what. That means even if someone attacks us first, it’s still not okay to attack back. No. It really isn’t.
This isn’t something I’ve always understood. I used to allow my blog readers to respond to rude people on my blog angrily, insulting their intelligence, their families, and their ideals. I often wrote reactionary blog posts linking to other sites, and sat back and watched while my readers descended on the other site and left lambasting, hateful comments. I’ve belittled detractors in my Twitter stream, and watched while people that followed me slapped them down, publicly.
As I’ve seen my social media presence grow I’ve learned the error of my ways. I changed my blog comment policy and stepped in when the comment section went from disagreements to insults. If I disagree with someone on Twitter, I do so as politely as I can, even if I’m passionate about the subject.
I’m not going to claim perfect behavior online, but I’m working on it. I think it’s time we all take a minute when we witness this behavior and take a stand and say, THIS IS NOT OKAY. Even if it’s happening to someone we don’t like. Who’s with me?