We here at GaijinAss have had some moderate sucess with this site but we are too small to be catching any wide spread attention. That is the thing about success, it isn’t all about accolades and groupies, if we become succesful we will become targets too. Just ask “she who shall not be named” whose site blew up after she started writing about her swinging nightlife. Later she got a respectable job and tried to live as both the anonymous sex blogger and corporate business woman but then the Internet struck and someone or some group went out of their way to expose her even going to the extreme length of creating a website to harass her and emailing all her google contacts “sensitive” information. Another aquaintence of mine had a similiar problem when she had 15min of Internet fame after blogging about some celebrity. Soon after people started digging up info on her then harassing both her and husband.
I want lots of people to read our stuff but the potential harassment or people calling my day job about site content, I can do without. Its not like we are hosting porn or anything but we do have some racy stuff that taken out of context would make for an interesting conversation with my boss:
“Yosomono I just got an email about you promoting some kind of rape video game. You realize we can’t condone that type of activity yadda yadda yadda .”
This is always in the back of my mind which is why I always am vague about my job and life and why I have to give props to people who dont give a fuck like our Le Tigre (Read: Le Tigre’s wild side), Badboy in Japan and this site’s creator GaijinAss.
I’ve talked about the Korean bloggers who caused outrage when they published an online “how to” molest students manuel (Read:The biggest threats to teaching English in Japan). Obviously thats not what we are doing here but enemies in Japan can be created so easily that even giving support to the campaign to stop dolphin hunting could set the wolf pack against us.
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When you have secrets, then you have something for people to find, expose, and hurt you with. Kei figured that out the hard way. So have I, through different mediums. This is why all that shit had to stop. My past is common knowledge, with everyone I know and the people I work with. I no longer work at the same places I might have written about in the past, and frankly I’m considering writing a series about one of those places as it was that insane.
Oh, someone might find this site and read something turgid and repellant? My Mother reads this stuff, and hates it. That’s about the bottom line.
A good post on how this is particularly a problem in Japan, because of this “anything goes” attitude by Japanese authorities when it comes to foreigners. (Anything short of violence and high crime, that is.) You might have caught Chris Johnson’s recent piece on internet trolls, here: http://globalite.posterous.com/mental-meltdown-in-an-nhk-world
Yeah that’s exactly what I’m talking about. He even mentions Kei.
This all is like an episode of classic Star Trek, by the way.
Chris Johnson is incredibly irritating. That’s why people want to cut him down. Slander, obviously is not good, but reading his bit there it’s as if concepts like FREEDOM OF SPEECH mean very little to him. Sure, lets all hold hands and sing songs around a camp fire. Get over it. If you put yourself out there, be prepared for birds to shit on you from time to time.
“Gulag for Gaijin” was probably not his best piece—I’ll give you that. But the real story was how these people went at him. Generally, I get frustrated by these people looking to jump on something they see on the net, and denounce as quickly and as much as possible. It’s a lot of times better just to wait for the story to develop.
I guess the problem is how fragile our existences are here. All it takes is an allegation by some crazy bat or a slanderous anonymous letter, true or not, to an employer and a whole gaijin’s life is flushed down the toilet.
Yes, exactly. And for some reason, people don’t seem to realize how annoying their little “singing” might be. As long as they think they’re safe from the Internet nonsense, they can create any bullshit on the Internet.
Best way to survive the modern age would be shutting up completely on the Internet, and do not chat with strangers on the Internet. Anonymity is why people think they can be as nasty as possible, and once their true self is revealed, they’ll at least try to act quiet in front of you. But coyotes will always be coyotes, and it’s just their character. Would a reasonable person hit a baby because the baby made them angry? It’s just like that.
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Yosomono of Gaijinass had some interesting insights on the threats the internet poses to people who write on it.