Friday, June 15, 2007

When is it meaningful news...
...and when is it hurtful gossip or worse?

Everybody's blogging these days, especially readers, authors, and reviewers of ebooks. I guess it's normal--the internet's a friendly place where we all often feel we're "talking" to our best friends, our next door neighbors. Hey, I'm blogging now, LOL.

My point? Lately it seems there's been a lot of dishing dirt that might not be so hurtful if whispered over one's back fence to a neighbor whose circle of acquaintances doesn't begin to approach the numbers of our "community" on the 'net. Frankly, it makes me sick!

In the past month I've seen posts dissing a new author for a house I'm privileged to write for, which provoked a "conversation" that disintegrated into a full-scale diatribe by a few posters against the unfortunate author, her editor, other editors and authors, and the publisher itself. Today I saw posts responding to an interview on another blog, personal attacks against one of the most successful and well known authors/epublishers around. Another blog recently posted a letter that cast not only another epublisher but its chief editor in a bad light, seemingly for no reason other than to cast doubt on the viability of this publisher.

Normally I don't even read the "gossip" blogs. I've got writing to do as well as a life to live. I can't help wondering if many if not most of these posts were motivated by jealousy, greed or just plain malice...and whether the people behind them would be so eager to malign if they had to identify themselves by real names, not made-up monikers.

No, I'm not about to name names or point you to the blogs in question. I'm also not likely to do more than shake my head with disgust and consider the likely sources. I don't get off crowing over people's misfortunes, and I don't make judgments. I don't think a lot of folks who do.