Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From Plagiarism to Cyber Bullying

It is no secret with what has happened in the Blogging Community this week. There has been an act of plagiarism. I won't mention the person or the blog. I feel it is not my place. I don't want to point fingers or make this situation any more uncomfortable for any of the individuals involved. This person has issued a public apology, how you decide to take it is 100% your decision. I know my decision and how I will act on it.

I was going to avoid making a blog post. I thought "Just stay out of it. You know where you stand" but then the comments kept swirling and well...I just couldn't keep quite. As you may already know from my Dear Bully: Blogger Edition campaign, I am against bullying. All forms of it, including Cyber bullying. Any form of bullying is wrong. And I feel that the way some people have expressed their opinion on this plagiarism issue is just as negative as the act itself.

 If you don't agree with someone, or you are against something, you can express your opinion civilly and maturely. When you bring yourself down to such a low level as too call a person a bitch, scum, a low life, etc. that is not getting your point across. To me, that makes you a hypocrite. I do not agree with what happened, but that doesn't mean that I don't take into account the true feelings that the person behind it is feeling. If they had no worry about what they did, then that's an entirely different issue. This person knows what they did was wrong and unmistakable. They know that they will be facing serious consequences now when it comes to their reputation and character. To me, that is a big punishment. To be getting called disgusting names on top of that is completely unnecessary. You are being a bully when you do this, you are hiding behind a computer and forgetting that their is a real person, with real feelings on the receiving end.

There is a proper way to express your opinion, and there is an improper way. Name calling and belittling a person is improper. Words hurt, once they are said, you can't take them back. I understand that you may be speaking out of anger because your trust in this person is put into question or gone entirely. You may be frustrated, but lashing out and causing more harm IS NOT going to fix anything.

My thoughts on plagiarism haven't changed since I was 16 years old. When we had our first big Plagiarism issue in high school. I would be devasted if it happened to me. I don't want this post to be misleading. I don't want my readers to think I condone that behaviour. I don't. I would be saddened if it happened to me, and I would be saddened if it happened to you. My point is that you step back, gather your thoughts, and express yourself like a mature person, and please don't result into calling a person names. Hateful words will do more harm than good.
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  1. As usual, I just found out about this. I admire you for not naming names. While I'm disappointed in this blogger, she made a mistake and to call her names is uncalled for. A simple unfollow will suffice to show your opinion, or simply a post on the seriousness of plagiarism. What the blogger did hurts our community, but if the book blogging community starts taking sides and slinging mud then that's just deepening a wound. Hopefully when this blows over we'll all be a little more aware of what we post on our blogs and take a moment to calm down before commenting.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Kate! And I agree with you 100%. Hopefully we'll be more aware of our posts and take a breather before reacting.

  2. I was so going to write one of these posts, but I'm glad someone else beat me to it. This was my biggest issue with the whole situation, the hurtful things people were throwing out there on both sides. It made me sick. I couldn't believe how quickly people were taking sides and broadcasting it all over Twitter with nasty comments.

    I said something like the following in a comment on Parajunkee's post... All those people who are choosing sides and being bullies, how does this reflect on you? How will people (including publishers and authors) view you and your blog? So many of these cyber bullies are going to find themselves losing followers because of how horrible they are being... and honestly, it doesn't matter which side you're on. The best thing for a person to do when something like this happens is to stay out of it. Don't choose sides. Make your decision privately. Don't tell anyone what you're doing.

    Thank you for this post. Every book blogger needs to read it. I'm going to tweet the link. :)

    1. Hi Jessica! Thank you so much for your comment! It was really shocking to me when I was reading the things that people were saying. Some of the comments were so hurtful and downright mean. It was completely unnecessary.

      Your comment and tweet is very appreciated!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Thanks for this. As soon as I heard about the situation I was shocked, but I was even more shocked by how offensive people were being. There is never any reason to resort to name calling. It is bullying and just makes you look bad.
    I will admit I wanted to do a post like this, but I chickened out. Decided it was better if I didn't get involved- I don't handle confrontation well, so I commend your bravery for saying what needed to be said.
    Like you I am strongly against plagiarism, but taking it further and just being obnoxious is not going to help or change the situation.

  4. I’ve been a follower on your blog for a while now and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation

  5. Well said! I don't condone the actions of the blogger in fault but I certainly don't condone bullying! We're above that type of behaviour, aren't we?


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