I am being stalked by someone anonymously on the internet. They regularly post insulting and offensive comments to Fitzroyalty (which I don’t publish). Someone is also writing posts on the anti-Fitzroyalty blog that reference posts from Fitzroyalty in what appears to be a deliberate attempt to annoy me. Although I cannot yet prove it, it is plausible to think that the comments and the posts are written by the same person. There is evidence of a particular voice and style of writing that is common to both.
The anti-Fitzroyalty blog attempts satire but achieves only banal and bitter mimicry. Many of its posts would have no meaning to the general reader, who would not see the connections between the mimicry in its posts and the original stories here on Fitzroyalty. These posts are aimed specifically at me because I know the content I have created better than anyone else.
For example, this post reference this post. This post references this post. This post references this post. There are many more examples but I’m sure you can see the pattern already. My stalker has evidently developed a bizarre obsession with me and my writing. Rather than creating their own original content, they are obsessed with mimicking mine.
S/he is driven by resentment. There is no logic to their behaviour, but its intentions are clear. Their posts and comments are meant to imply that I am being watched, that what I do and say is under surveillance. My stalker hides behind their anonymity. S/he is incapable of engaging in reasoned debate, or of owning their opinions by putting their name to them. They are not proud of their intellectual capacity.
I’m one of thousands of people in Melbourne, and millions around the world, who writes and freely publishes content on the internet to share my thoughts on life with my friends and peers. I may be unique but that does not make me important or special.
I consider my writing, photography and worldview to be worth reading, and I am pleased to have developed an audience, but I expect nothing from them. I don’t ask for money. I don’t tell them what to believe in. I don’t use my engagement with them to gain social status or indirect reward, such as free meals from restaurants. I simply write down and thus preserve what would otherwise be intangible items of conversation with friends that would quickly be forgotten. If you like it, good; if you don’t, that’s fine too. I write for my own pleasure, not for your approval.
My stalker claims to have met me in real life ‘several times’ and apparently knows what I look like, though I cannot determine whether this is from meeting me in person or seeing photographs of me. S/he describes me as ‘balding’, which is true, but uses this term as an implied insult. Given that it is a genetically determined biological phenomenon, it is a pointless and powerless attempt at an insult. Genetics has also determined that I have big feet (all the better to kick you with).
I have several ideas about who the stalker may be. It is potentially of dubious coincidence that s/he began posting their comments to Fitzroyalty after I exposed the publishers of ThreeThousand for posting offensive comments on Fitzroyalty via various pseudonyms after I held them to account for stealing my content. S/he may be continuing their trolling via a different IP number.
S/he may also be connected to the street art scene based on their criticism of Deb and praise of other artists in this post, which references this post. But it doesn’t matter who they are, because they mean nothing to me, and their petty inadequacies are of no importance to the world.
I believe nothing that my stalker tells me. Their irrational, unstable behaviour is evidence of someone who is emotionally disturbed. S/he needs psychiatric attention. Stalking is also a criminal act. My stalker has broken the law by:
contacting the affected person by post, telephone, fax, text message, email or other electronic communication or means; publishing on the internet or by an email or other electronic communication a statement relating to the affected person or purporting to relate to or originate from the affected person[.]
I will be making a formal statement to the Victorian Police and am also in the process of applying for a Stalking Intervention Order from the Victorian Magistrate’s Court.
Cyberbullying may be commonly associated with children and teenagers, and while it is an immature behaviour it obviously can also affect adults. For more information, see Reachout and Lifeline. If you too are being stalked or bullied by an anonymous coward online, speak out about it.