Further to yesterday's post...
With the passage of time, I have learned a little more.
The dreadful comments on Eccles' blog were apparently deleted by Eccles the very day that they were posted. Their circulation now is thanks to those who decided to screenshot and circulate them, doubtless with the best of intentions.
Bernard Manning, whom Eccles was compared to, was an unfamiliar name to me. As my regular reader knows, I was bought up without a TV, and subject my kids to the same cruel and degrading regime. However, Wikipedia has cast some light on this, and I am struggling to see, from that description, why Eccles is said to be like him.
Both Mulier Fortis and Eccles himself have blogged on this, and both are worth reading.
I have also realised a few other shortcomings in the way I use twitter:
I don't follow and unfollow people on a regular basis to show approbation or disapproval.
I don't block people, other than spam accounts, still less announce it as a badge of honour.
I don't assume people whom I dislike must be sock puppets.
I don't think the most effective way to influence someone is to assume bad faith and insult them.
I don't imagine we can guess who is behind some of the nastier blogs/sock puppet accounts with any confidence: particularly after one sock puppet whom we were told was certainly a particular individual turned out to be a sad old woman in Wales whom nobody had previously heard of.
I tweet what I see fit to tweet, and refuse to have that dictated to me by anyone else.
I continue to see the whole thing as pretty trivial, except for the fact that some people can genuinely get hurt...Perhaps with time I'll learn to take it more seriously, but I am a slow learner.