Creative Destruction

March 27, 2007


Filed under: Blogosphere — Off Colfax @ 3:44 am

There are times when my refusal to be vulgar on this blog are more than just highly constrictive.

This is one of those times.

But I’m not. I’m at home, with the doors locked, terrified. For the last four weeks, I’ve been getting death threat comments on this blog. But that’s not what pushed me over the edge. What finally did it was some disturbing threats of violence and sex posted on two other blogs… blogs authored and/or owned by a group that includes prominent bloggers.

Please continue to read Kathy’s post on your own time.

But turn your attention specifically to this:

It’s the threat that causes fear.

It’s the threat that leads you to a psychiatrist and tranquilizers just so you can sleep without repeating the endless loop of your death by:

* throat slitting
* hanging
* suffocation
and don’t forget the sexual part…

I have cancelled all speaking engagements.

I am afraid to leave my yard.

I will never feel the same. I will never be the same.

I am beyond angry. Beyond furious. Even beyond volcanic explosions of wrath, and gore, and destruction, and chaos, descending upon the heads of these unrighteous pigs that debase the very name of humanity by continuing to possess basic metabolic functions.

No. Instead I’ve gone to the dangerous place, where everything is calm while the storm rages around you, of it yet not in it.

So to those who find these things to be not vile, not inexcusable, not reprehensible, not a debasement of the foundation of our culture, I have only one thing to say:

Let that which you have done to others be visited upon you, threefold times threefold.

Carpe jugulum.

[Crossposted from Left Off Colfax]



  1. WTF? Who does this kind of crap, anyway?

    Comment by Robert — March 27, 2007 @ 4:34 am | Reply

  2. Damfino, pal. And if I knew, you could be damn sure I’d display it for all the world to see.

    Comment by Off Colfax — March 27, 2007 @ 6:51 am | Reply

  3. Particularly notable is that “Joey” one of the perpetrators of a vivid death threat is trying to repeatedly defend his actions as acceptable in the comments.

    Somebody with a badge needs to go to Joey’s house and arrest him.

    Comment by ohwilleke — March 27, 2007 @ 11:51 am | Reply

  4. Why would anyone make death threats against the author of a blog on software design?

    Comment by Brandon Berg — March 27, 2007 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  5. Brandon locates the problem with distressing accuracy:

    Why would anyone make death threats against the author of a blog on software design?

    The only possible answer? Because they’re stark raving lunatics, that’s why. There is no rational explanation for behavior like that. The next step: lunatics are capable of anything, including following up on their threats.

    The internet. “The odds are good, the goods are odd.” A medium like this one, which is thrown open to everyone with a computer and few dimes for a connection, will inevitable attract a certain proportion of people who are mad as hatters. The internet doesn’t have the normal screening processes we apply to everyday life, where we avoid people who walk down the street taking to themselves (without a cell phone) and waving their arms wildly about.

    Kathy’s fears are, sadly, realistic. I’ve known not just bloggers, but one woman who merely posted on a board, to be stalked by some unbalanced creep who figured out where she lived and started lurking and peering through her windows. God alone knows what he intended. She had to move, twice, to evade the guy.

    Be careful, Kathy. And get good police help.

    Comment by Susan — March 27, 2007 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

  6. I’ve been on the receiving end of some vile commentary, but it was directed at a handle. I used to wake up in a cold sweat wondering if I’d blabbed enough to give my real world identity away. I try to be careful, but if you write long enough in enough different contexts, Google will betray you to a determined searcher.

    I definitely felt better after I bought a handgun, though.

    Comment by S. Weasel — March 27, 2007 @ 12:35 pm | Reply

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