Sunday, August 4, 2013

The internet is a marvellous thing isn't? To think I can sit here and share my words and ideas internationally is just awesome. Unfortunately though, this is abused by some, that are doing the same as me. Just writing, from the safety of home, but targeting, and abusive. And cowardly.

I am openly sharing, in a bid to improve understanding. These people are anything but open, preferring to hide, believing that they are afforded some anonymity which allows them to behave in a way that they believe reaps no repercussions. Well, the masses have spoken out loud at their disgust, and changes will happen as a result.

Which is why I, and many others boycotted twitter on Sunday 4th August, in response to the abuse targeted at Mary Beard, Grace Dent, Catherine Meyer, Stella Creasy and Caroline Critado Perez. The abuse came in the form of bomb threats, murder and rape. These women were also told to develop a thicker skin when they complained. Really?

I think the people issuing these threats should be taught a thing or too about general good manners, for starters. And they could really benefit from having someone point out, that should the opportunity present itself, and you were to find yourself face to face with these women, would you really be so bold as to issue these threats? Or carry them out? Probably not.

And this is the thing with the internet. It allows you to find anything out, share your thoughts, and keep in contact. It also allows nastiness to spread, and for those spreading that nastiness to hide.

Incidentally, August 4th is Friendship Day.

My nan always said, if you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything. She was a smart little Welsh lady, and she would have taught these disgusting people a thing or two about manners. Hopefully they'll be caught, sentenced and the people of prison will teach them a thing or too. Be careful what you wish for, because it might just come back and bite you on the arse.

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