*** IMPORTANT UPDATE ***
After several emails back and forth with Elizabeth (Damomma), I am rewriting this post. She’d rather move on from this incident, and I don’t blame her one bit. While I think she and I have different views about this situation, I respect her desire to keep herself on the down-low, so please don’t visit her and take on the trolls who have left comments on her blog. I cannot let the hideous trolls off the hook, however. See below.
I’m back, baby, and I’m more mediocre than ever :-)
No, seriously, I’ve been on a nice, long break, and it’s time I dust off the WordPress Dashboard and get this puppy moving again.
What motivated me? Well, let me tell you.
At first glance, it’s a post by one of my favorite bloggers, Lenore Skenazy. She is the poster-girl for Free Range Parenting. I often get a kick out of the crazy are-you-kidding-me stuff she finds, and in general I agree with her philosophy. Certainly, there are things I don’t agree with. In those instances, I respectfully submit my opinion in the comments section of her post.
However, as of late, I’ve been disappointed with the tone she seems to be allowing on her blog.
I’m disappointed because I think Ms. Skenazy has something really important to say, that is for the good of all children and parents. I’m concerned that her message is going to get lost in angry, nasty tone the commentary of her readership often takes.
I am the first one to say that she is IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE for the comments of her readers. She cannot possibly control or be held accountable for the depreciating level of discourse. I also believe that dissent and disagreement is important. I am not a “Yes Man” (as anyone who knows me can verify. Ahem.).
However. Lenore can write about what honest, respectful dialogue and disagreement looks like. She can call out the trolls. Simply including an addendum at the end of the post requesting that people stay on her blog only is not enough. Yes, blogs are public, and yes people have the right to comment, yay or nay on posts. No one, however, has the right to be mean.
Lenore. I implore you to take a stand against trolls and what amounts to internet bullying. I hesitate to use that word, because of its current news status, but I believe that is what this is. It is so important to get your message out there. Do it responsibly. I will support you actively and loudly every step of the way. Don’t let nasty people taint your mission. You’ll lose credibility and fuel the fire of those who already have it in for you. Didn’t it suck to be called “America’s Worst Mom”? ON THE TODAY SHOW? Please do your part to make sure other people are not treated in the same way.
Please go HERE and leave a nicely worded message on Lenore’s post stating your support for respectful dialogue and disagreement.
Please do NOT leave nasty messages for her or her commentators, no matter how vile you find their comments. It defeats the purpose of this, obviously. Please link to this post. I’d like to engage as many people as possible in this mission. I realize this is a first world problem, but it’s wrong. I think anyone who spends as much time online as we do, and considers themselves part of a real online community (as I believe we do), has a responsibility to help put an end to this type of behavior. We wouldn’t tolerate it in our schools, shuls, or communities. We shouldn’t tolerate it here. We would want our children to stand up and defend their friends, family, or even people they’ve never met, against this type of behavior. We can set an example now.