I have not been able to spend much time online of late owing to a multitude of reasons, but when I came back online today, I was hit squarely by this:
Epiren is not just a tweep I follow, but one of the most prolific bloggers around. LizDitz has outlined a detailed summary of the events leading up to this fiasco. Apparently, he also slandered Dr. Jen Gunter and made a huge mess at Rene’s work place by sending harassing emails to all of them, threatening to sue.
So, these are my thoughts on this issue:
- Two of the most prominent social media members, Ian Miller and Rene Najera have been subjected to withdraw their social media presence due to unsavory situations. While with Ian it was the prudent thing to do, for Rene, it is the more stark situation of being continued to be employed. The funny thing is that they are both “out of the closet” and have never quite resorted to hiding behind the screens in order to fight the oft-anonymous slanderers. This raises the question: is it even safe to blog under one’s real name and identity? I have been very critical of people who supported anonymous blogging, but these two events, back to back take down of major players in the field of #HCSM has shaken me up a bit. What is the way out?
- Does the guy who took up the cudgels against Rene, threatening to sue his entire department, actually have the legal route of following through or is that just a blank threat, a manifestation of his impotent rage? While I hardly have any knowledge about the legal systems in question, it seems to me to be common sense to throw these attention-seeking, mud-slinging, litigation-obsessed bullies out.
- There. I have said it. I think the guy who took Rene “down” is just a bully.
- On Liz’s blog, the man of the moment, Rhett Daniels shows up and defends his stance:
- Even if he had identified something defamatory said by Rene, going to his employers with a band of lawyers, threatening to sue them all is nothing but bullying. It’s a blog. Get a life, MOVE ON!
- But he goes on: openly threatening:
- But to be honest, one of his comments does touch a chord with me. See, I am not a person whose beliefs and thoughts are fixed, and skepticism comes easy to me, so maybe someday, when I am not this pissed, I’d like to learn about the effect and evidence behind his drugs:
- Anyways, Rhett seems like a subpoena happy paranoid person determined to clear up all internet references in his name that he seems inappropriate. While this is definitely weird behavior, I am sufficiently intimidated by this in order to shut my trap and not say what I actually feel about his nature. I find it ridiculous that he claims this is the stuff he keeps busy with since he is a retired guy… aren’t they supposed to play golf and stuff?
Anyways. The more I read of this issue, the more I get pissed. I wish this had not happened. I still am all for blogging and writing in social media under my own name and identity, but if that means people like this get to come after me, that is plain scary. Also, assuming an anonymous name is no good, because I am pretty sure I can keep up the charade but it will take the fun out of the interactions, and I am not about to do that.
Anyways. I am glad that I am in India and away from the long arm of the law wielded by cigaRHETT (his blog’s name) Daniels and the others of his ilk.