So I'm wondering something, in other professions, do the older, more experienced professionals bully the new, less experienced professionals? How silly that must sound. Why in the world would a grown adult feel the need to bully someone in their same profession just because the "newer professional" is newer. The only thing I can think of is that they are intimidated by these younger, "newer" people. Do other professions have those who set up websites with a fake person behind it (or perhaps their wife is the face on the website) just to bully and criticize the newer people. Can you imagine...your insurance salesman gets on Facebook all day and calls out the "new" guy and how can he know what he's talking about because he hasn't been in business "long" enough! Or your dentist wife goes to all the trouble of making videos to mock other dentist that are newer and not as experienced (or in other words, as old) as the "experienced professionals". Yes, I know dentist have a formal education, and as photographers most us don't have a formal college education in photography, but does that give someone the right to bully someone else?
Making fun of a group of people without pointing any fingers at anyone in particular seems harmless I guess. I personally would not do it to make myself feel better. But when you get personal and provide your followers with a direct link to the person you are bullying, then you have gone too far. I think the people jumping in to give those mean comments are just thankful it's not them being bullied. Just like those kids in school that go along with the mean kid bullying the little guy just because he's different, these followers that chime in are no different. They are just happy it's not them being made fun of.
What makes people feel good about making fun of other people?
Isn't it time to stop trashing people? If you're not happy with your business, get your butt off Facebook and do something about it...besides making fun of someone who is trying their hardest to be successful.
People don't recover from being made fun of...do the bullies realize this? It's serious...and choosing to end a life because you have been embarrassed to death is freaking serious! It happens all the time...the nurse that just took her own life because of the prank the dj's played on her...was that prank really worth her life. I know the dj's didn't have any clue that would happen, but it did happen and they have to live with that. Everyone needs to stop it now. Treat others how you want to be treated.
Yesterday I came across a group of people who were making fun of a fellow photographer/ blogger. My heart hurts for the sweet girl who was made fun of and laughed at by these "professional" photographers...and to make fun of her for being religious...that was low. I want to stand up for her...tell everyone that jealously will get you no where...if you don't want to buy what people are selling then don't...but don't make fun of them for trying to pursue their dream.
Who will they target next? Who will they make fun of for incorrect spellings and punctuation? Who will they call out because they don't have enough pictures on their website or because they started a blog because they don't have any business as a photographer? Geez...I'm probably next and there will be more behind me...but when that one person decides to end their life because of you making yourself feel better, then I hope you are charged with their death that resulted from cyber-bullying and public humiliation. If not here on earth, then it will be in God's hands.