|What happens…||When you/your friends do it, it is…||When other people do it, it is…|
|1. Post a critique of a piece of fiction:||Perfectly legitimate commentary on something you read.||Bullying and persecution.|
|2. Make disparaging personal remarks about a writer:||Totally fine. The writer deserves it because
||Bullying and persecution.|
|3. The writer responds negatively:||Standing up for yourself. You are bravely fighting back against unjust criticism, and exercising your right to free speech.||Pathetic, attention-seeking behaviour. They are whining and should grow a thick skin. Furthermore, it is an attempt to suppress free speech.|
|4. The writer’s friends respond negatively:||Admirable. They are loyal and true and standing up for their friend.||A mass attack. They are a bullying cabal who are banding together to persecute you.|
|5. Totally unconnected observers respond negatively:||Impartial validation of your position. They are clearly sensible, intelligent individuals who came to a fair conclusion totally on their own.||Dogpiling. They have been brainwashed by propaganda and/or are secretly in cahoots with the bullying cabal. Either way, it’s more persecution.|
Originally posted by fluterbev.