4 thoughts on “Advice To Those Giving Advice To Those Dealing With Online Harassment

  1. Brian I followed the incident on Twitter and I just want to say that I think you aren’t in the wrong here. I think you are justified in wanting to empower those who are being stalked and harassed. Vince is telling them to ignore bullies and that is just empowering those who are getting their jollies from verbally attacking others online.

  2. Though I agree with you that ignoring him is not the answer, and I applaud you’re empowering those who’ve been bullied by him, I have seen a number of conversations and more than a fair share of people continuing to insult and verbally abuse Nick as if it’s fun poking at the mentally ill. Is it really a good idea to provoke him?

    I have seen is sick vitriol (if that’s the fitting word) and his bizarre assertions and no, he cannot be ignored. But as anyone who’s a viable threat, joking about him isn’t the answer either. It’s unfortunate that there are people like him who believe they are the center of some mass conspiracy theory and thus feel the need to lash out and threaten others. But to post insults and death wishes is no better than what Nick himself does.

    No, do not ignore him, but at the same time, do not continue insulting him as if it’s all a joke. It’s also a shame more can’t be done to get him to stop. Cyber-bullying is a terrible crime and it should be punishable.

  3. Just so I’m not misunderstood, none of the jibes and insults that I’ve read that are directed toward Nick have come from anyone he’s harassed. It’s usually from folks who don’t know or understand the full scope of what Nick has done.

  4. How many times have we read news stories where things like this occur, but are ignored until some horrible, preventable tragedy come to pass?

    I could list dozens of instances where warning signs were ignored that led to a horrible event. I truly hope this is not another instance of that.

    I will say this: this is a perfect example of why mental healthcare in this country is a joke. Instead of institutionalizing dangerous people like this man, we let him run free until something horrible happens. And then we discuss the failings of the system and what we can do to fix it. But then it gets bogged down in politics and semantics. Until the next horrible thing occurs and the discussion starts all over again. How many more tragedies must we see in the news before something is actually done?

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