Torches and Pitchforks

Torches and Pitchforks CC-BY-NC-SA by TV Tropes Foundation

What happens when you combine ignorance with an impulse to condemn? You get an injured innocent party. In these posts, The Digital Media Machine and FOSS Force lay out the sorry tale of how selfish, vindictive authors attacked a website for legally helping ebook lenders get together with borrowers. When they saw their ebooks mentioned on the site they assumed it was piracy. Apparently they forgot that they had authorized the practice in their agreement with Amazon. After attacking the site in the Internet equivalent of a slavering mob, many of them still rationalize their behavior in the face of their own guilt.

The owner of the site, Lendink, appears to be a tough cookie, so he might survive this. Maybe it will even fulfill the cliche of making him stronger. Even if it does, it won’t justify this kind of arbitrary attack. There should be consequences for these thoughtless vandals.


3 comments for “Torches and Pitchforks

  1. mixedupmeme
    August 15, 2012 at 16:38

    I don’t do ebooks or any of that stuff. So don’t understand any of it. But it always seems when something nice tries to happen, something not so nice happens instead.

  2. August 19, 2012 at 18:48

    This seems to happen when people don’t take the time to think about what they write.

  3. August 19, 2012 at 20:07

    You would think, though, that people who write professionally would be used to the time it takes. I guess their emotions were inflamed by thinking they were being robbed.


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