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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2008-03-17

Which is completely irrelevant. Trolls post inflammatory comments to provoke. John Grubor and Shawn King point out that Violet Blue made a fairly ignorant comment and provided the evidence to prove it was an ignorant comment.


True, but they got the information wrong too. They completely misidentified the person in the photograph.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

They completely misidentified the person in the photograph.


Not completely misidentified. They said this is person X from company Y while it in fact was person Z from company Y. Plus they apologized. Not nearly as bad as calling that person a booth babe (implying airhead bimbo) and not apologizing.

Edited 2012-02-08 08:32 UTC

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Not completely misidentified. They said this is person X from company Y while it in fact was person Z from company Y. Plus they apologized. Not nearly as bad as calling that person a booth babe (implying airhead bimbo) and not apologizing.

A) How about you read the original article to see what she meant. She actually explains it in the foot note.
B) VioletBlue actually apologised to both and the apology was unnecessary, as it happens. As the two people referenced were not offended.
C) No matter what you say, it's was Shawn and Gruber that stirred up the whole thing. Otherwise it would have been just a simple blog post.

Here is the text that led to death threats to VioletBlue:
My friend, chef Richie Nakano, stood quietly next to me. We both watched her.

We were waiting for her to change expression.

She sat on a stool in between two large monitors across the aisle from us. The pretty brunette was in one of those big corner booths that paid a few bucks for that sorta-prime real estate you know is a gamble for whoever forked over the money to sell wignuts or widgets or iPhone cases or other sundry USB landfill.

Her shoulders were hunched and her hands sat limply in her lap beneath breasts that were packaged air-tight in a tight, branded t-shirt.

She stared at the floor. Unlike her counterparts, she never smiled. Sad booth babe was sad.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/violetblue/macworld-2012-the-island-of-mi...

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