A Sad Day in the Blogosphere

Kathy Sierra, a well-known blogger and speaker on tech marketing, cancelled her participation in the Etech conference today due to a series of disgusting death threats in comments on her blog and others.

This is simply awful and unacceptable. Even assuming the best case — that this was intended as a sick joke — because the other option is too horrible to contemplate. I don’t know the details of the situation, beyond Kathy’s post, but I’ve seen plenty of things expressed in comments and email messages that would never be said face-to-face.

We should never forget that the Web is people. No one deserves to experience what Kathy is going through. And there’s something wrong if the blogosphere encourages or even shrugs off such heinous behavior. We all ought to take a good look in the mirror.