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Left Brain Right Brain : The Bullies On Bullying

Posted Jul 10 2010 8:59am
Over at Left Brain Right Brain, Sullivan has gripping post about what constitutes a blogger "bully".

The main event that is he is talking about is a rather minor one where an individual, Rebecca Fisher, attempted to get an event with Andrew Wakefield canceled. It is hard to say what really happened, but there is no doubt that Ms Fisher did contact the hotel hosting the event and did attempt to pressure them into canceling it. Whether you call that being a "bully" or not depends on your definition of the word.

Of course Sullivan also wrote about the outrage over the recent attacks against Dr. David Gorski, aka Orac, aka smearblogger extraordinaire. For those of you who don't know, the crew at Age of Autism attempted to get the good doctor in trouble at work for failing to disclose possible financial conflicts of interest. While I don't condone the sort of behavior, I can't help feeling that it is somehow poetic justice. Using his alias Orac, Dr Gorski has launched many, many, many, many, many, many personal attacks against other people and has smeared other doctor's reputations. His writing is littered with insults against his opponents, belittling their ideas and impugning their character. Or in other words, Dr Gorski is one of the bigger bullies out there.

Finally we have the subpoena against blogger Kathleen Seidel. This is the same Ms Seidel who is involved in the OSR #1 controversy and wrote to the university that Dr. Haley is associated with and attempted to get him into trouble. Wait, isn't it "wrong" to do this? It certainly was, according to Sullivan, when this happened to Dr Gorski, so I have to wonder what makes Ms Seidel's actions different.

But the thing that bothered me most about the entire post was the shear audacity it takes for LBRB to talk about bullying with a straight face. LBRB is known to harbor notorious bullies, such as Clay Adams , and the comment section on the site is filled with attacks against those who don't drink the kool-aid. Back before they started censoring my comments, I was the target of many attacks and bullying attempts (well, I say target but I mainly just laughed at the attempts).

And lets not forget that the site itself also engages in bullying. There have been a quite a few incidents like the one last year where LBRB ran an article featuring the actions of an anonymous stalker. This anonymous stalker had, well, stalked a mother online and then wrote a lengthy article belittling her attempts to help her child who has autism. It that isn't bullying, then I don't know what is.

Bullies don't get to complain when their victims fight back.
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