I'm really disturbed by the recent public evisceration of a blogger. This mob/bully mentality could turn on any one of us, any time.
This time it was a guy with poor English who doesn't support Barack Obama. A bully-blogger got a big hate-on for the guy, and then teh bully-blogger's buddies backed him, demanding the guy's ouster from an aggregator, and after a barrage of attacks the blogger finally gave up and deleted his blog. (Of course it is cached. You can still find it here, with the whole sorry saga in posts and comments. Shortly before deleting his blog the guy changed his handle and the blog name, which might be a bit confusing.)
I started to explain the transgressions of each but was too sick at heart to continue with it. The short form is: everyone involved behaved very, very badly, and noone would back down.
If you want to see the seamiest, saddest side of the blogosphere, check out the link above. Some people say guys enjoy this sort of nastiness and women are appalled and repulsed. I don't know if that's true, but I'm a female blogger and this incident makes me sick. I have become mostly inured to the vicious, angry attacks I get regularly on my blog, but I haven't become so tough that I can easily accept character assassination.
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Update: While the blog was apparently deleted an hour ago, it now appears to be back, but I'm not interested enough to follow what's going on.