There have been insults, stabbings, attempts at murder, assaults, and most commonly, jackings, in this sphere that we inhabit. Yes people, I'm talking about e-crimes in the blogosphere. Many bloggers are victims of verbal e-stabbings, by unknown assailants, ie they go onto people's message boards and plunge the e-knife. Other bloggers have attempts made on their e-lives, with many having to shut down their blogs. But by far the most common, are the blog jackings, which is where unknown assailants (as they quite often are) hijack a post and deviate from the point in question. As most of these forums have no police, the law of the jungle applies. But what can we do?
The Guardian's august columnist, Polly Toynbee, wrote on the Guardian's blog about the lack of civility on the part of people posting comments blogs:
My friend and fellow columnist Jackie Ashley made a valiant plea for civility from Comment is Free correspondents yesterday. A forlorn hope. Every medium shapes the nature of its message: newspapers, books, magazines and broadcasting all invite their own way of writing and speaking. But there is something about the wild empty universe of the internet that encourages violence and naked aggression. Or as Jackie suggests, maybe it's just that a handful of obsessive and persistent bullies set the tone and silence others who may want more measured discussions... read more.