Jennifer Simpson’s (2nd year MFA/ CNF) essay, “Goodbye Troll: a blogger’s manifesto” which was created in Lynn Beene’s course, The Art of the Popular Esaay, has been published at THE WOMEN’S COLONY an online magazine for women…
Make No Mistake: this kind of harassment can be as frightening and as real as being followed and watched in your neighborhood or in your home. ~Vice President Al Gore
The first comment was rather innocuous, albeit grammatically incorrect: “ACTIONS SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS” It was submitted, in all caps, to my blog anonymously at 1:56 a.m. in response to my post The Power of Words on the 40th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s death. I had embedded a YouTube video of one of Kennedy’s greatest speeches and I quoted:
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.
I quoted it because some things bear repeating.
The second comment came two hours later and included an alleged quote from Buddha and some ramblings about “truth.” Signed, “Anonymous.” I approved both because though strange, they seemed harmless enough.
UPDATE: The Womens Colony website is no more. Therefore, my essay is no longer published, I guess! if anyone knows of a good home for a good essay about a cyberstalker, let me know.