I've never heard about Kathy Sierra before, but her message Death threats against bloggers are NOT "protected speech" (why I cancelled my ETech presentations) has stirred my soul, especially, a horrible image “i dream of kathy sierra.” When you live in a small academic world, you are forgetting how many crazy, mean-spirited misogynists and sexual maniacs are out there. My heart goes to Kathy Sierra and her family. I hope they will be able to trace IP addresses and find all these anonymous authors. I think all blogs should have a choice of blocking anonymous posts.
I agree with Steve Dembo that:
“Some people have a real dark side to them, and the relative anonymity of blogging (not having to say things directly to a person’s face) gives them the opportunity to say things they would never ordinarily voice. And to do it loudly and publicly.”
I am joining Andy Carvin’s site stopcyberbullying.ning.com. If not for a spring break, I would ask my Digital Design class students to create posters “Syberbullying Hurts.” For now, I will use one of Scott Mcleod’s images.