[B5JMS] It was a Straczynskian feat...

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From: warlock at es.co.nz (Matthew Vincent)
Date: 14 Apr 2001 02:14:55 -0700
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On 8 Apr 2001 14:42:49 -0700, jmsatb5 at aol.com (Jms at B5) wrote:

>The problem, however, is that EVERY SINGLE DERANGED POST there gets
>automatically forwarded to my email, and I have to deal with this shit on a
>daily basis.  And some of it is extremely offensive, insulting, and there have
>been some not-so-veiled death threats and personal attacks as a result.

I'm so sorry to hear that all this has happened to you. I take this
very seriously too, and am glad that you are taking action of some
sort against the persons responsible. For every person like yourself
who stands up to these jerks, there are hundreds of other victims who
say nothing, often due to feeling self-conscious that it will look
like they're over-reacting. Some people seem to think they can get
away with this kind of stuff over the net, so you're doing the
community a useful service by setting a precedent and providing a
deterrent. As you say, never start a fight, but always finish it. 

I'm sure that I speak for many in this newsgroup when I say that you
have our support and that we're here if there's anything we can do. I
hope that you are alright and that you are able to continue with your
work without being too distracted. We're all really looking forward to
the fruits of your labor. 


From: jmsatb5 at aol.com (Jms at B5)
Date: 14 Apr 2001 15:12:03 -0700
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>For every person like yourself
>who stands up to these jerks, there are hundreds of other victims who
>say nothing, often due to feeling self-conscious that it will look
>like they're over-reacting.

And that's been the curse of the net ever since its inception.

The rule of the game is that it's okay to say anything you want, about anybody,
no matter how offensive or incorrect...but to defend yourself (or someone
else), to take the person to task for it, THAT'S somehow wrong, it means you
can't stand the heat, or you're infringing their right to speak, or being rude,
or somesuch.

It's carte blanche for the assholes and the nutcases and the rude folk to say
any damned thing they want, no matter how untrue, hurtful, or libelous.  And
most astonishing of all is that people buy INTO this bullshit.

The ones who badrap everybody the most, who feel that they have the right to do
whatever they want to other people, are always the ones who go most bugfuck
when somebody goes after THEM in return.  THAT they don't like, THAT is unfair.

It's the logic of the guy who pees in the pool 'cause he thinks its fun.

I say fuck 'em.


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