cyberbullies again

DeviousDiva, a pseudonymous British expat living and blogging in Greece, has been harassed by Greek nationalist bloggers, threatening to out her, for writing a series on the maltreatment of the Roma in Athens. Thankfully the major culprit blog has now decided to withdraw DD’s private details from the posts criticising her coverage of the issue, but the issue has drawn out more discussion of pseudonymity/anonymity/standing-by-your-words etc yet again.

Sheelzebub wrote on it at Pinko Feminist Hellcat and Pandagon, and there’s an amusing sidejourney into charges of hypocrisy from Vox Day well covered by Chris Clarke (also Pandagon).

Lindsay Beyerstein of Majikthise concludes:

So, thanks, racists, for calling attention to the plight of the Roma in Athens–something you were so scared the world would find out about that you tried to silence the young mother who blew the whistle.

Yep. DD was a small voice that gained some small attention. Now she’s gained a lot of attention from both traditional and new media. Will the international attention stick on the issue of the Roma? Maybe, maybe not. But thousands of people online now know about it who didn’t before because racists made threats. Jolly good own goal there, chaps.

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2 replies

  1. I had never heard the term “Roma.” What is it’s origin? Romanian? Gypsy?

  2. Gypsies call themselves the Roma or Romanies (singular Rom).
    The Wikipedia article is not too bad.
    Tangent: the Roma provide a strong example of one science confirming another – in the nineteenth century linguistic analysis led to hypothesising an Indian origin for the Roma, and recent DNA analysis has confirmed this.

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