Definition of “mobbing”:
According to Wikipedia seen here.
Mobbing, as a sociological term, means bullying of an individual by a group, in any context, such as a family, peer group, school, workplace, neighborhood, community, or online.
When it occurs as physical and emotionalabuse in the workplace, such as ‘ganging up’ by co-workers, subordinates or superiors, to force someone out of the workplace through rumor, innuendo, intimidation, humiliation, discrediting, and isolation, it is also referred to as malicious, nonsexual, nonracial / racial, general harassment.
When a group of advocates decide to “blacklist” an individual, block them on social media and attack their person to other supporters this is mobbing. Using terms like “We do not forgive, we do not forget,” really is a threat to that individual. Attacking them over time is cruel.
Julian Assange knows all about this psychological torture on a grander scale. He has been threatened, called names, falsely accused, mobbed and now incarcerated. He has been abused and tortured by his fellow journalists as well. So why do I bring him up in this article?
Well as a supporter of Assange, I have seen those who claim to be against this treatment do the same to people who are advocating as well. They make a mistake, or misunderstand something and Walla! Suddenly they are being attacked viciously. Here’s the problem with this.
Not everyone in this movement agrees politically or is as educated about his plight. Instead of attacking those who have come in late, we need to educate. Brutally attacking someone is hurtful and hateful. This does not help Assange but hinders the movement. It hurts him.
The big question I want to ask though is:
How does mobbing another supporter make us better than the very people trying to destroy Assange?