With the recent incident involving a female game developer being harassed by a journalist, I've been thinking about my thoughts on how I'd deal with bullies. Or the less savory parts of the internet.
I have lots of respect for Patrick, but I'm not sure if I agree with him on his stance against bullies. I think it's great that he's willing to voice his opinions against that type of behavior, but the wording of some of his tweets gets me.
Unfortunately for them, I have no interest in being quiet.— Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek) January 28, 2014
@genericjose You have to pick your battles, but sometimes you have to fight.— Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek) January 28, 2014
@sstarkm Sure. But I have a platform. I have a bigger voice than 99.9% of the victims. I'm OK with pushing back.— Patrick Klepek (@patrickklepek) January 28, 2014
I understand that he doesn't believe you should have to put up with abuse, that you should be able to say "no". But I feel he's being a little too dramatic. An aggressive approach the likes of "fighting back" would surely only rally more abuse? Wouldn't it be more mature to not give a reaction? Not necessarily forced into being quiet, but choosing not to pay these people any mind? Allowing the likes of moderators to silence them.
And where do we draw the line? Everyone has their own reactions to what someone might say, so I see the potential for a problem regarding the word "bully" being thrown around too easily. We already have our fair share of internet debacles when the topic of "over-sensitive" comes up.
Perhaps apathy is just in my blood, but I'm hard pressed to see a happy ending from kicking the hornet's nest, so to speak. In any case, I'd be interested to hear what you guys think.