The past few months of my life have been chaotic, crazy, jumbled, and everything else you might think of to call it. Job hunting during the holidays sucks. Stress gets to you. I could babble endlessly about this – but that’s not the point. Right in the middle of my two months of unemployment, right before the new year began, I wrote this post about the “Inner Circle Syndrome” and watched an interesting ripple form from it. The post actually stemmed from an offline conversation with Jennifer, as we talked about how we saw people attacking others in the blogiverse. It’s not a nice thing to see.
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I talked to Jennifer on the phone the following week and brought up something I find very intriguing though. As much as people don’t like being attacked, I can’t help but wonder why they attack Wil Wheaton so maliciously. I’ve seen the “Wil Haters” buttons, seen the blog trolls on his site, and I just don’t get it. People complain when they are attacked, but hello? Don’t you think Wil hurts just like the rest of us when he’s attacked? Why do people act like he’s some super human with thick skin that shouldn’t be hurt when people say & do such mean things? Would you form a “I hate Big Pink Cookie” webring? I certainly hope not. (Although Mike created a lovely Calvin peeing on the pink cookies just for my Nascar post, and it cracks me up every time I look at it!) So why is it ok to attack Wil?
Don’t get me wrong here – I thought it sucked when he won all the 2002 Bloggies. And when he made the post about how people should donate money to him so he could do something nice for his wife for Valentine’s Day last year, and all these kids were commenting about having no money at all, but they were donating $5 – $10 to him, I thought it was a bit much. But he’s not a bad writer, he doesn’t run around blogland attacking other people, and generally he seems like he’s probably a pretty cool guy. So what is it about him that makes people think it’s ok to be so cruel to him?
Sometimes I really just don’t understand people.
It’s interesting to see how much life has changed in a matter of a few months. I have a new job that I absolutely love. I’m so happy to be back in the legal field, and even at the most chaotic of moments I don’t have a single complaint.
On the other hand, I spoke to Ed K. on Monday and found out that he’s having major heart surgery later this month – fighting insurance companies along with dealing with all of the fears that come with something that has such high risks and survival rate issues. Then Thursday night I discovered all that Robyn & Todd are going through right now, and my heart just broke. They have constantly been in my thoughts and prayers – it’s so sad to know they are going through such pain.
I guess the point is – the Internet can be faceless, and it can seem to be ok to attack someone because you may never meet them in person. But that’s not the case. Whether it’s Wil Wheaton, Ed K., or Robyn – all people that I’ve seen attacked in the past several months for various reasons (right or wrong, doesn’t matter) – they are people. Be kind. They hurt just the same as you or me.
Try to spread some peace and kindness as you travel through life. We could all use some these days.