Raising little Westies, and life as parent of a special needs son

Bullyed out of the blogoshpere?

As I mentioned the other day, there has been some controversy regarding “the R-word” which reverberated around the sepecial-needs-blogosphere quite quickly. Some woman seems to be the female American television equivalent of Australia’s own Alan Jones. All this in way of background to what has occurred since.

I find it ironic that a bunch of parents of special needs children – including say children who are on the Autism spectrum – have such difficulty in understanding that many of the parents of children with similar needs to their own children, themselves potentially have limited communication skills. Limited empathy. Limited perception in language. All of this is on top of the usual issue that in writing down our verbal language, nuance of intonation can be totally lost.

This issue has come to a head during a Presidential election campaign. Which means, feelings are running high enough. So that when one person with a particular political persuasion comes head to head with another person of the opposing political persuasion, the opportunity to misunderstand or misrepresent goes through the roof.

I have found it really challenging to see how quickly people take their interactions from discussing the words of a political candidate, to their opinion of the effect of those words, to swearing at each other or using terribly derogatory names about each other.

Considering that all this started with one person using the R-word as a term of derision, that’s pretty ironic.

And when it reaches the extent that people “take a break” from Twitter, or Facebook, or writing a blog. It’s pretty terrible.


The Internet is a big place. If you disagree with me, feel free to tell me politely, then move on. I’m too busy to engage in a shit-fight.


2 responses to “Bullyed out of the blogoshpere?

  1. athenivandx October 26, 2012 at 2:02 am

    Yeah, it is terrible indeed! I have been feeling pretty stressed out and overwhelmed by this unfortunate occurrence also. But I have exposed myself to it because I feel it is important for me to speak out against it.

    Thanks for sharing this.


    • Westie October 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      I will just say this is not about myself but it seems a few people have come to this result lately.
      Ignore, unfriend,I follow, block, ban, report – these steps should all be good enough for most of us online.
      Sometimes they are not and self-exile is better than going insane.

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