"Justread, I believe you are correct in your line of thinking."
In my opinion, justread is incorrect in his thinking because he is discussing a hypothetical and dell_diva, upso, and others are talking specifically about Jeremy Baumhower.
"Are jerks not allowed to have businesses?"
They are certainly allowed to have businesses. And consumers are allowed to express disdain for those businesses, especially in the Baumhower case.
I mentioned this old thread because, in my opinion, a correlation can be made.
Baumhower tried to dox EconCat88. In my opinion, doxxing is cyber bulling. Baumhower wanted to post publicly EconCat88's name and home address. Baumhower tried to solicit help from the mob. How is Baumhower's behavior not considered threatening, menacing, and disturbing?
doxxing - "search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent."
historymike's July 2014 comment about Baumhower's actions:
... outing a person who chooses anonymity and is not committing illegal activity is little more that virtual terrorism.
Baumhower's own words:
Note how Baumhower framed the narrative. He called EconCat88 "Toledo's Biggest Bully," probably in an attempt to make his own act of cyber bulling and internet vigilantism appear noble.
From Baumhower's blog post about wanting to out EconCat88:
I think it is time for his fellow residents to learn of his true identity.
I am offering a cash bounty for any information leading to the true identity of YouTuber EconCat88.
Here are the clues as to who he is ...
Since he wants to be Toledo’s biggest YouTube star, then it’s citizens have the right to know whom he really is.
I want every resident to know whom and to where to send their thanks, praise and adulation.
Mr. EconCat88; if you wish to remain anonymous, I strongly suggest deleting your YouTube videos and page.
I will proudly post who you are and where you lay that hat.
If you have any information that will help expose the identity of EconCat88, please email me ...
That's real. That's specific. That's not hypothetical. What did he imply when he said?
"I want every resident to know whom and to where to send their thanks, praise and adulation."
That's way beyond being a jerk.
View Baumhower's July 2014 Toledo Talk comment.
Sorry, justread, but Baumhower set the rules. Baumhower created the playing field, and now others are playing, except the table is turned.
Note Baumhower's incoherent reasoning for wanting to dox EconCat88:
Youtube is a public medium
with public entities. It is very similar to a radio station with a host who chooses to use a fake name.
EconCat88 has voluntarily entered the world of entertainment with his 140 plus videos on Toledo. There is no difference between himself and a host of an angry talk station.
His message may be political in nature, but his forum is entertainment.
If he wanted to keep his videos private and not public, youtube has an option.
Just as the Toledo Blade chooses to name radio personalities by their legal name, I plan on outing EconCat88 by his.
I infer from Baumhower's comment that because someone
used a pseudonym to post public content to the web, then that person needs outed.
This public content was posted anonymously about Baumhower's domestic violence.
I would say that the people protesting Baumhower's business are unknowingly following Baumhower's lead with how he viewed EconCat88 three years ago.
Baumhower told EconCat88 that if EconCat88 wished to remain anonymous, then EconCat88 should delete his videos.
If Baumhower does not want people to protest his business, then he should not have committed domestic violence.
Baumhower provided clues about EconCat88, and he sought help from the public.
Protesters are providing clues about Baumhower's actions, and the protesters are informing the public.
Baumhower called EconCat88 a bully.
Protesters probably consider Baumhower a bully because of his domestic violence conviction.
Baumhower wanted to out EconCat88 for posting videos that Baumhower disliked.
Protesters want to out Baumhower because of his actions that protesters dislike.
But a huge difference exists: Baumhower committed a crime, and EconCat88 didn't.
And 100 percent of the blame belongs to Baumhower. He created the situation. Nobody else is responsible. He's not a victim.