And Living Dangerously
Two very well-known bloggers are being sued for libel by a newspaper, its deputy chairman, CEO, GEIC and its former GE. Another who had "disappeared" for a while, re-emerged in a different mode but made a swift return to his former popular style, has also been threatened with a lawsuit.
Before all this action was being taken against these guys, we heard about one of them, Sheih Kickdefella, having received threats that must have really spooked him, and the blogging community.
But he got back and picked up where he left off. And everyone is happy that he is back and kicking. But before he could say "next showing", he was spooked again. This time with legal action.
The other two -- Rocky (Rocky's Bru) and Jeff Ooi (Screenshots) -- face court action that will be set in motion this month, I am made to understand.
All I can say is that they all must have spooked some people or made some people very very very angry.
And these angry people are hitting back.
When Sheih was being targeted by some very sinister people, bloggers were told to "watch your back".
Now bloggers are being warned "Watch what you write!"
Berani bikin, berani terima padah! And this works both ways.
Funny thing. These three guys are immensely popular. We open their blogs to read and see their postings. We tell them they are doing a good job.
We thank Rocky for posting scoops that the mainstream media follow up on but don't care to admit. Jeff for his critical analyses and Sheih for his creative talents.
We tell them "keep on blogging", "don't stop".
And they keep on blogging, in their names.
But do we fear for them?
Today, these three are being threatened with lawsuits that, in the short term, are aimed at silencing them and in the long term, possibly, bankrupting them.
Oh my, what have I got myself into?
Some people say that the authorities are coming down (hard) on bloggers, seeing that some blogs have grown in popularity and are already influential.
These popular blogs happen to be pretty critical of certain political leaders, corporate figures and high profile individuals.
So, are bloggers like Rocky, Jeff , Sheih and others whose identities are known, living dangerously in dangerous times?
Well, they began to live dangerously the day they started blogging with their names and identities known to all and sundry.
Another question comes to mind -- will this threat (lawsuits) spook our three friends that they will cease and desist what they've been doing?
Today is no less dangerous than yesterday for anyone brave enough to push the limit, to go against the tide.
Sometimes, though, it is not even about pushing the limit. It's just about displeasing some people. You see, sticks and stones may break your bones but sometimes, words can really really hurt.