Kathy Sierra and Ethics…
Convicting folks in the court of public opinion is simply wrong……
Sorry for the delay in posting this comment- it got caught by my spam filter!
I don’t disagree with you. I’m not a huge fan of the court of public opinion either. I tried not to do that here. When I read the post, I didn’t think Kathy Sierra was trying to accuse anyone, though she obviously feels that the folks who own the blogs in question have some responsibility. Fear is a big mitigating factor here.
Ultimately, I don’t know enough about the situation to lay the blame anywhere. She’s annotated the original posting and makes it clear that she’s not accusing anyone in particular and she’s turned it over to the police.
Just as you point out that the accused are up a creek if they respond, stay silent or try to fix the problem, she’s also caught in a bind. Should she stay silent? Should she ignore it and hope it goes away? Should she use this a springboard for social justice?
We don’t know- we can’t know. You seem to think she’s going to use the publicity for personal gain. That may be repugnant to you or you could say that she deserves compensation for being intimidated. This is why celebrity watching gets dull- I don’t know how Jennifer Aniston feels or what she thinks or anything about her. There’s only so far speculation can take us, which of course is why trial by publicity doesn’t work.
Clearly, people have issues with her- a comment on your post speak volumes and is not inconsistent with what other people have said. I still don’t think she was being thin-skinned given the violence of what was posted.