I love Destructoid. It's the first real internet community I've come across. Though it's only in the last year that I've even posted comments anywhere at all, so the truth is that much web-based interaction is new to me.
As such, when I decided to start a blog to accompany the Go For Rainbow podcast, I decided to do it here rather than, well, anywhere else.
When I post a somewhat controversial long-form blog such as "Why I love piracy," one would be foolish to not expect a little blowback. However, for the first time in my short time here as a C-Blogger, someone has followed my last couple of rather innocuous posts to to insult me personally.
I'm talking about a fellow Dtoider named ****. He hasn't said anything wildly inappropriate; no threats or racist insults, mind you. All the same, I felt hurt/angry. In the comments he left on my last two posts he referred to me personally as, "arrogant" "vain" "petty" and today wrote this:
"Do you ever plan to actually blog here? Or is your "thing" just reposting tidbits of news stories as a thinly veiled front for plugging your podcast all over the goddamn place?"
To respond quickly to this:
1.If you scroll back through my blog posts, you'll see I've written multiple long-form blogs, with more to come.
2. The post in question wasn't a repost, although I can understand the confusion, as Destructoid's Chris Carter posted the same story 4-5 hours later. I had seen people talking about a video on Twitter and thought it was worthy of mention.
3. RE: PLUGGING. God, here it is so tempting to quote ****'s own recent blog: "Fuck you. Fuck you. Fuck you, fuck you." But I won't give in to this easy temptation. This blog started out as the Go For Rainbow Podcast blog. Some of my posts are for fun and some are posting topics related to what we talk about on the show. We then read and discuss the Dtoid comments on our show. In fact, in the episode out later tonight "The Mega64 Podcast vs. Go For Rainbow" we discuss at some length ****'s previous comment. I've since changed the name of the blog to my own name, but the symbiotic relationship to the comments on Dtoid is still there. But none of that matters. It's my blog. I can write and post about whatever I find interesting.
I think this is something we will be teaching the next generation of kids, a Golden Rule for the digital era: treat people on the internet as you would treat them in real life. I'm sure **** is not such a sociopath that he would say these things to someone he just met in real life.
After some initial misgivings when remembering the everlasting "cyber footprint" one leaves behind, I finally decided use my real name and photo on the internet. I'm responsible for the things I say. It's on public record forever.
I'm not an anonymous internet creation. I'm a human being sitting at a desk right now.
We've all been asshats on the internet. But let's resolve to do better moving forward.
Let's treat each other like we would in real life. *****, nice to meet you.
My name is Jagger.
(You'll find more of me and my work on the Go For Rainbow Podcast: iTunes or Direct. I love you.)