A case of cyberbullying and internet trolls

I have to get this off my chest.

An hour ago I found out about an event that happened on Twitter and Goodreads in September of this year, that has entirely escaped my notice.

Today, while browsing on GR, I came across a book by Laura Silverman. After reading the blurb I noticed that all of her reviews were 5 stars. That wasn’t necessarily unusual, until I got to the comment section. What I read there was utterly chilling.

Apparently the author was the victim of cyberbullying. During the election campaign a few month ago she must have spoke out about Trump, and internet trolls took it to the next level and took their vendetta to Goodreads.

It’s amazing how far people are willing to go to destroy other peoples livelihood. Those trolls signed up for fake GR accounts just to leave hateful 1 star reviews. There goal was to boycott the success of a book that hasn’t even been published yet.

Fortunately the reading community stood solidly behind the author. Such support is just amazing. Readers as well as authors rallied and left over 1,5oo 5-star reviews, to counterpoint the bad ones.

This show of solidarity was such a perfect example for the kindness and incredible support that can be found in online communities.

But it’s also chilling to see how far some people will go, just because a person dared to speak her opinion.

Because of that, but also of what I’ve seen on FB and GR throughout the years,  I’m über careful with my reviews. Hateful remarks and comments have been written when for example a reader didn’t agree with an authors work or a readers review. The disrespectful way that some people react to critique is heart-wrenching.

Instead of respecting opinions, people take it personally and attack.

If we would have all the same opinion it would be quite boring. No conversations or discussions. We would all be sheep. I don’t want to be a sheep.

I will be reading Laura Silverman’s book https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29640839-girl-out-of-water, to show support and to make my own opinion. Maybe I’ll love it, maybe not. But what ever happens, I will voice my opinion in the most respectful and constructive manner and hope others will do.

 

 

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