An Outing

An Outing

I am not referring to a trip away from home either. I am referring to the phenomena of digging around on the web or where ever to obtain information about someones true identity, ie their real names, birth-date, and other personal information one wouldn’t necessarily wish to be known in the WWW.

No matter which group is using the particular tactic of invasion it is still a rather nasty way to go around shutting someone up. It can be effective in some cases as in the famous case of an escort who really wasn’t an escort. Or in the case Of Belle Du Jour, she outed herself, which meant she then controlled the information on her terms. Fair enough.

But the case of Stella Marr is a curious one. Now I don’t know the woman, only from her online persona, and her writings and some video of her I have seen. What is my opinion of her? Not really important. She has a story to tell and she blogs. Pretty much what I am doing. But, apparently she has upset some other people who don’t agree with her writings, again I can’t comment and to be honest I don’t have all the salient facts before me, so I can’t really make a judgement. But the thing that gets me is the fact that due to this, one group took it upon themselves to gather information about her and spread her real identity on the web. That is a rather nasty bit of work. It also sets a precedent for underhanded and dirty tricks to be used by whomever decides they don’t like what you are blogging about so they will spread your personal information as far and wide as they can. So much for free speech. There was a much better way to handle this.

Now the other side are alleging that Stella is telling lies and making up stories. Maybe she is, maybe she isn’t. But the heavy-handed way in which the matter was handled makes it hard to defend any position that the other group had to begin with, and has effectively turned Stella into a martyr. Which means any opportunity to correct any libelous, slanderous, or our right untrue writings is basically gone now, as the court of the zealots on Twitter will cloud and muddy the already murky waters of any allegations that will come from now on. The whole situation hasn’t left me viewing either side in a favorable light. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

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