Bullies. We grew up knowing some. We've worked for some and now, in the digital age, we experience encounters with all sorts of virtual bullies. Bullies prey on the weak because they can. In the physical world, one is encouraged to stand up to bullies because, conventional wisdom holds, bullies are really babies. But, how does one stand up to a bully in the blogosphere where they can hit and run without being identified? And, should one stand up to a virtual bully at all? Does escalating a discussion with a bully benefit no one but the bully him/herself? Also, how do we balance the positives (freedom to speak one’s mind) and negatives (ability to attack and spread unsubstantiated rumor) of online anonymity?
Steve is joined by Peppercom's own Sam Ford and special guest Dan Gillmor, the director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
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