One of the most fabulous things about the USA is our freedom of speech. I love that I can come here and write whatever is on my mind. Unfortunately, this can also stir up a lot of controversy. If opinions differ, it indeed can be difficult. Tempers and nostrils may flare. However, the intelligent reader knows they can simply look away, stop reading or chose not to visit my blog at all.
But what about those “burning the midnight oil” toxic bloggers who constantly scour the Web looking for a “story?” These toxic bloggers distort and manipulate truth in order to have something to talk about. In the process, toxic bloggers defame and slander those who veer anywhere near their path.
Toxic bloggers pick targets, most often innocent victims, and spin webs of deception and deceit. They handpick victims who have differing opinions than themselves over politics and social issues. Much like the Tabloids who distort half truths in order to make juicier gossip about celebrities, the toxic blogger continually posts falsehoods and colorful lies. However, once in a while the toxic blogger finds a golden nugget - a real story. And when they do, look out! The toxic blogger takes that nugget of truth, polishes it up into a juicy tabloid and dangles every past victim from it. It is as if all past prevarications are somehow connected to the real story - six degrees of separation, and then some!
Behavior analysts have learned through intensive research that unfavorable behavior is the end result of unmet needs. So what are the toxic bloggers needs? What does this toxic blogger get from spewing such hatred? It is something in which we can only speculate.
For example, the blogger-parent of a differently-abled child can feel empty when the parent has been unable to adjust to the child's differences. Because modern society has not evolved to fully accept or tolerate differences, it can be very difficult for the parents. When life hands you a different card than what your compadrés hold, life can be distressing. Add to this hardship a lacking support system and parents can often feel isolated and bitter.
We can speculate that the venom builds over time and then just bursts into a siege on those who seem to be handling it all in stride. Perhaps we can only see darkness while turning a blind eye to the light from within. Or maybe the toxic blogger is just evil. I'd like to hope that no one is beyond salvation.
One thing is for sure. The toxic blogger has freedom of speech and we have the choice to ignore them.