Dear Angry Medium Writers: Stop Attacking Other Medium Writers
I recently came across an article on Medium that was written with the sole purpose of attacking another author on Medium. Ironically, I discovered the article because of the person who was the subject of the criticism herself.
It wasn’t an article with an overarching theme or argument that was merely citing another author as a reference. Instead, it was an outright public attack, directed at one specific person.
After reading it, I was in complete shock from such a lengthy rant of these carefully constructed punch-after-punch sentences.
What justice does such an article really serve?
Now, I know that it’s 2019 and I understand that we live in a time when anybody can post anything online and virtually shame another person with just the click of a button. I know that there are creepy, angry internet trolls, cyberbullies, and online critics lurking at every corner.
Countless articles, blogs, tweets, etc. have been posted in order to tear someone else down with the hopes of getting their person of target all riled up to start a full-on digital war.
How bored they must be with their lives. Seriously.
However, as inevitable as these situations may be, the last place that I’d expect (and the last place I had hoped) it would occur is on Medium.
So, here is an open letter to all of the jerks out there who have the audacity to attempt to humiliate another Writer on Medium, solely because you can.
Dear Angry Medium Writers,
I joined the Medium platform nearly six years ago in order to be a part of a community of writers who inspire, motivate, and genuinely support each other. I joined because I wanted to read some great writing, learn from other people, and become a better Writer myself.
Though, after seeing such a despicable display of article ambush in my aforementioned example, I have to say that I am extremely disappointed.
I’m disappointed to see that the negativity of the internet has bled into this platform and you should be ashamed of yourselves for bringing that negativity here.
As the saying goes,
If you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.
And I get that people want to write the truth and the truth can sometimes come off as harsh, but there are better ways to express that than by tearing someone apart over the internet.
So, please keep your destructive words off of this platform. That’s not what people came here for.
A Disappointed Medium Member