Online Bullies & Monsters Among The Writing Community

This is from one of my favorite writers and friend Nathan Tackett:

Ah yes, the internet – where spineless cowards bark with hateful intention. A terrible situation recently came to light where a fellow artist/author was berated with a vile string of ‘go kill yourself’ comments just because they used stock photos in their work. Guess what?! The individual actually DID try to take their life. Luckily, they didn’t succeed and are recovering.

Artists. We are a sensitive bunch and one can never tell what demons we may be fighting under the poetry and prose. I have seen several situations lately where artists have been trolled to horrible ends. We can do better.

Unfortunately, we live in an atmosphere were shit slinging is commonplace. Weak-minded creeps throw around words like ‘cuck’ and ‘snowflake’ and ‘nazi’ without a second thought. Somehow, this has become an accepted language of the new era. We can do better.

I fully support the first amendment, but I don’t support your right to be an asshole. Unfortunately, the school bully sits safely behind a virtual wall of anonymity. We can do better.

It’s time we start calling these slugs out. I support all of my artistic folk. Whether you’re a best-selling author, or an understood misfit. You can always sit next to me.

~ Nathan Tackett

 

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Thank you Nathan.

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Juliette aka Vampire Maman

Dear Vampire Maman Readers,

More and more I am hearing horror stories of gangs of bully trolls out of online writing groups terrorizing authors by leaving horrible reviews on Amazon and other online book dealers. They also troll blogs, and any social media outlet they can get to. They gang up and go in like blind fire ants killing anything in their way – never thinking about what they are doing.

I have seen this happen to more than one author in my circles.

Don’t get caught up in the group-think mean mind-set. Be an ADULT. Be a professional. Don’t be an asshole. Don’t be a horrible bad person. Don’t get all butt hurt over NOTHING. 

DON’T BE A MONSTER.

THINK before you post.

Stand up against the trolls who troll our fellow writers and artists.

WE CAN DO BETTER.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

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For more about Nathan Tackett’s work CLICK HERE. And for a great short story from Nathan CLICK HERE.

Give me your thoughts about an unsavory matter.

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This coming Thursday (5/26/16) my regular “Ask Juliette” column will be covering the subject of TROLLS, as in Internet Trolls.

Let me know what you think.

Have you ever wanted to share a feel-good meme or news story, only to find that it is followed by negative, and often off subject comments?

How does this make you feel?

Are you that person who leaves the negative comments?

Did you used to be that person? What made you change?

What do you do (if anything) about Trolls on your social media pages, or on your blog?

Do you have any other thoughts about Trolls and their motivation?

Either leave a comment here or email me in private, by Wednesday night, at juliettevampiremom @ gmail.com

 

If you have other questions about relationships, Vampires, life, writing, parenting, social issues, or anything that is burning a question mark in your brain, please feel free to ask, and it will also be included in a future “Ask Juliette.”

Thanks everyone, and please, watch out for Trolls.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

 

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