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What happens when The Guardian lets an author gloat about stalking a blogger

Note: This is a record only of tweets that assume the blogger is somehow at fault (and curated replies). The good news is that most people were pretty upset when they read the article, and were not afraid to say so.


  1. Of course, I can't say for sure that being published by The Guardian is what caused these reactions, but it seems to me that a lot of these reactions are along the lines of 'well, the blogger must have done something wrong', and the only reason I can think of why people would assume this in the absence of any evidence in the article is that they're assuming there's a good reason why The Guardian published the article.
  2. UPDATE 21/10: Where I've been made aware of some of the earlier tweets leading to productive discussions, I've tried to include tweets to represent this. But I'm not monitoring this Storify thread every single minute. RT me a link if you think I missed something. This is not a hit list - it's meant to demonstrate how unsupported claims in the article gain legitimacy, especially when most people have just discovered the article. I also find it interesting to see how productive interactions (sometimes) develop as a result. I also stress that yes, these are a pick of the bunch, because I am not omniscient on Twitter! But there are links to the tweets so before you reply to anyone quoted here, PLEASE check their recent tweets because yes, it's possible to change our minds, retract our tweets, qualify our statements, extend our arguments, and also to agree with part of one thing and completely reject another.
  3. It should also be noted that the headline misuses the term 'catfish', which is not what the author did.
  4. Example 1: Stalking and obsessive behavour is 'touching and funny'. Author is 'bold, fascinating, self-excoriating'.
  5. Example 2: Review blogger is now 'deranged fan' and 'sociopath'. Pseudonym is now 'fake ID'. Reviewer outrage is analogous to #GamerGate.
  6. (I split the series of tweets after the one above into other examples further below. The tweets immediately following this were a result of further tweets and discussions among the participants and are not chronological in relation to Example 3 onwards.)
  7. Example 3: Stalking is 'fascinating and disturbing'.