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‘They’re Responding to What I Wrote, Not Me.’

A reminder on internet trolls from Forbes' freelance guru Susannah Breslin.

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November 17, 2012 - 10:00 am

via The Brand Is You – Forbes.

DON’T BE A DREAM CRUSHER!

This article is utter drivel.

Your article is b.s.

And Susannah Breslin should not be a writer.

Maybe one day you too will be a story teller as opposed to a blow hard braggart.

I’ve written about negative feedback here before: “This Is Why You’re Stupid, or How to Deal with Criticism on the Internet.”

For the most part, criticism of this sort doesn’t bother me. They’re responding to what I wrote, not me.

Plus, I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I’ve gotten used to it.

Supposedly, the web is a “conversation.”

Meanwhile, brands are obsessed with consumer “engagement” — but only so they can figure out how they can turn it into profits.

(I ought to know, I used to be a Facebook whisperer.)

I think the real reason people communicate online is because they are communicating with themselves.

It may look like a blog post, an article, a tweet, a status update, an infographic, a photograph.

But what you’re witnessing is someone engaged with, holding a conversation, communicating with themselves.

Read the whole thing here and Read Everything Susannah Breslin writes.

For links to other writers who fall into the “Read Everything They Write” category click here and also see the PJ Columnists line-up.

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