Veronica, and also ilyka, inspired me to note the following:
Sending death threats and rape threats is “silencing,” or can be. Attempts at blackmail, (wrt "outing" or otherwise), no matter how spavined (*koff*), are, yep, silencing, or can be. Flooding someone’s personal blog with endless spam and hateful trolling, much less hacking, can be “silencing.” Offline harassment can be “silencing.” They certainly have that intent; whether or not they actually have that effect, those are things that, imo, deserve the label "silencing." Pulling out the big guns. Instill fear. Shout 'til you drown out. Just make it go away. Yeah, that happens.
and lest we forget, silencing existed long before and still exists outside this thing what we call "online," with deadly consequences.
Criticism? -Harsh- criticism? Flames, even? Particularly if you are a Big Important Blogger and the critique is coming from a much smaller blogger, even several of 'em? Particularly particularly if that critique, even the flamey kind, is really an exasperated attempt to -communicate?- Not “silencing.” Sorry.
Now, if you feel “silenced,” well, you feel the way you feel, certainly. Wouldn't try to argue with that.
and yet, ofttimes, in cases like this, o Silenced One(s), one can’t help but notice:
yer still talking.
on a happier note, brownfemipower is back in business.