Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2012 17:55 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Let this be a lesson. After posts by John Gruber and Shawn King, this happened to Violet Blue. "The misinformation gave a significant number of people fuel to stalk me, attack me for hours at a time, malign, insult me in disgusting ways, threaten me with weapon-specific violent death (an axe), and lead social media attempts to force me to lose my job over the matter. Many referenced John Gruber, and/or his post as they did this. Plans were openly made to make media to attack me - another Angry Mac Bastards podcast." Disgusting story, and sadly enough, this isn't the first time this has happened, as Blue notes in her article. I don't like talking about these matters (you don't want to know the kind of crap that gets thrown my way at times), but I can assure you my inbox has seen its share of pure vitriol after Gruber links to an OSNews piece. It ain't pretty.
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RE: Comment by ilovebeer
by jaypee on Wed 8th Feb 2012 21:38 UTC in reply to "Comment by ilovebeer"
jaypee
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No argument here. I've seen this with this attitude also over particular computing hardware/brands, as well as video game systems.

I am absolutely amazed by how emotionally attached some people are to these things, particularly as a consumer of a product. I'm sure for XYZ company, it's great to have fans (or in this case zealots) but, to me, this is a little scary. I don't dare go into the psychology of it all but, when I read things like this, I believe a person may be in need of some human interaction.

I am a techie, both in my work and personal life but, I own tech, not the other way around.

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