Farewell to Scott Abrahams

Scott Abrahams, outgoing CEO of Star Observer, makes this timely observation:

When someone in the community finds the courage to take a stand, we bitch about them, belittle them and hide behind the cloak of online anonymity to to take personal swipes at them. I know it is true — I’ve been on the receiving end of plenty of these attacks, and almost every community leader I know has been through the same cycle. They are disturbing, vicious, gutless attacks designed not to further debate, but to hurt and wound. And they do us no favours.

I agree, and I would love to know why we’ve reached this point. Any thoughts?  Thanks, Scott.

Author: Daniel Reeders

I study the cultural dimensions of the social governance of health.

2 thoughts on “Farewell to Scott Abrahams”

  1. Anonymity is the pass-card. Dyspeptic, drunk or mean, you can dump on someone else to your heart’s content (if you have one that’s active).

    The ad hominem attacks are sickening. I’ve made 11,000 posts on a local forum over a decade; most in offering mode. After an exchange in which a leading practitioner worked to denigrate me rather than argue the issue on a basis of evidence, and was allowed to do so by the forum mods, guess where I’m now no longer making many contributions.

    1. The most amazing development on Facebook at least is the ability to “Unfollow” a post you’ve commented on. Now if it looks like someone is spoiling for a fight, I can leave one comment stating my opinion and then unfollow the post. My feeling is that getting replies out of me is a privilege and it can be lost.

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