Cyberbullying is a modern and ubiquitous canker sore of the internet. It entails the use of electronic devices to aggressively target someone for harassment, stalking, name calling, and attempts to embarrass, intimidate, suppress, and/or threaten them. It’s prevalent in the internet age.
(There’s quite a conversation in the comments between me and Lance Furlong. He asked me for the details of how this mishegoss started. In the post linked below, I provide details of what happened when Klugman stalked me, what I did about it, and I’ve included a pic of the temporary protection order and a pic of the perp.)
Since I’ve published my book, the two main perpetrators have left one star reviews on this book and my other books, trashing them and me in their comments on Amazon. Amazon had to remove them twice, which is apt for the subject matter of cyberbullying, a fact I brought up to Amazon. If they continue doing it, they’ll lose privileges on Amazon.
I wrote a post naming them and offered to take it down if they left me alone. They refused, but I took it down when their reviews disappeared.
The book isn’t ‘about’ them, and makes no mention of their names. They insist on outing themselves. Their reviews reappeared and again, I wrote to Amazon, and they disappeared again.
Meanwhile, on Quora, I continue to be subjected to bizarre behavior from the putative subject of the book. She stalks me obsessively and inserts herself in my conversations in comment threads despite my having blocked her over a year ago. I won’t name her because she gets off on it in a creepy way.
My book is supposedly ‘filled with lies’ about her. She forgets that there are several people who know exactly what happened and were witness to all of it. I haven’t made up one darn thing. I notice in her rants on Quora never once has she specified exactly what I’m lying about in the book. Not once.
She posts screen shots of things in Quora comment threads that I’ve written there and on my blog, or of her emails, the last being from Amazon concerning her trashing my book. She lost that battle, and it didn’t improve her temper any, a temper I liken to that of a maddened bull with a burr under his tail. She complains that I’ve deleted the things she has screen shots of, as if deleting and editing the written word is an unheard of occurrence and proves the writer is Up to No Good. How dare I!
The last person she did this to simply told her she wasn’t improving her case any with her behavior, the most spot on remark I’ve read in ages.
She has a beef with me, one that is interfering with her mental stability, which teeters dangerously as it is. She needs to either get that long awaited attorney with whom I’d love to speak (I’ve been waiting to hear from her friend’s attorney also. What’s the delay?) or write a bestseller about her beef. Beef, bull. Interesting.
From the beginning, she and her friend have been convinced of their right to interfere with me, to stalk, harass, attempt to intimidate, embarrass, and trash me.
This is all grist for the cyberbullying mill and will be added to the Wolf Bites Back book. As usual, bad behavior comes back to bite the perp in the heiney.
Below is the link to the post I wrote about Rick Klugman, the criminal stalker who is friends with the above mentioned person. He, along with a couple of other friends, stalk me on Quora and insert themselves in comment threads and harass the user who wrote the answer. In one comment thread, he was screaming at the person.
I posted screen shots of his comments, of him, his defacing of public mail (was that what he meant when he said he’d asked me to ‘substantiate’ my claims? Ohh…), and of him on the post below:
A friend on Quora told me he’s going to submit the book to his school’s librarian. This gave me the idea to make it print on demand and submit to schools around my area. It’s short and easy to read.
I’ve been targeted by them and a few of their friends on Quora for the last year and a half. Quora’s lack of protection from them is one reason my attitude toward the site has changed for the worse.
In the past three weeks, I’ve read books and articles on the subject of stalking, harassment, cyberbullying, and public shaming. There is a wealth of information out there, which kind of speaks for itself, and now with my little book, there’s even more.
Writing this book has to be some kind of record for me. I wrote it in a week, typing every day for 12 hours straight, ordered the cover, left the manuscript alone for a week to let it ripen and the yeast to rise, wrote more in it off and on for two more weeks, edited it numerous times, and then uploaded it to Kindle.
Teen suicides are on the rise, and cyberbullying is one of the causes. I’m very glad to see people prosecuted for the crime of internet bullying. It’s become some kind of sick sport for many adults and kids. They don’t understand, and the group on Quora doesn’t care, how damaging their behavior is. The internet needs role models, because many kids have never been exposed to decent ones. They watch adults bully and harass co-workers and strangers on the internet and at work and school.
Cyberbullies, like all bullies in general, are insecure, lacking in imagination, talent, empathy, and compassion. They most likely have arid or abusive home lives. It may be too late for the adults who behave abominably, but it’s not too late for kids to learn how to treat others as they’d like to be treated.
Bullies also feel weak, impotent, and insecure. They strike out. Why they act the way they do is irrelevant to their targets. I don’t care about their purported reasons, or their psyches. For a year and a half, I’ve put up with near constant abuse and harassment, followed by stalking, trashing me over and over, all coupled with malicious reporting and downvoting of my content on Quora.
Their intent was to drive me off the site, or get me banned. They temporarily succeeded. I went away and wrote a book about it.