…or do all the most egregious examples of bullying on the web seem to come from the “anti-bullying” crowd? First, there was Dan Savage brow-beating kids half his age and calling them “pansy-asses” for not sitting still and taking it while he tried to publicly humiliate them. Then, I get this on my Facebook yesterday:
My reply: The stranger you Facebooked with the accusatory guilt-mongering note featuring the litany of crimes he did not commit is harried with a thousand other more important worries and responsibilities and now has to go to confession because you hectored him into anger out of your need to feel morally superior. I bet you won’t repost *that*, you member of the 99% of people who send these emotional blackmail notes to strangers. But repost it if you’re that 1% who are sick of guilt manipulation on Facebook.
Heh! But seriously, how un-self-aware can you get? The sentiment is a fine one: Be kind to every one you meet, for each person is fighting a great battle. True enough, and deeply moving when expressed well. But stuff like that FB post is just a blunt instrument for beating in the brains of strangers with moral superiority in its most toxic and obnoxious form. And it seems to come–an awful lot–from apostles of “anti-bullying”. Project much?