Today should have been a very good day for me. I was on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC, which is a big deal, and I thought I’d done a fairly respectable job. Brian is a big sweetie, he and his producers were well-prepared, people called in. Brian is a wonderful host in every sense of the word. You’ve got your headset on, and your mike is live, and you’re trying to be clever and quick, and he’s smiling encouragement from his side of the table the whole time. Very sweet.
I was pretty pleased afterwards, and even stopped to indulge in a bagel at a nice greasy spoon on the way home. And then I made The Mistake. I clicked onto the WNYC website and happened to notice a whole bunch of comments on Brian’s blog, under my segment.
Now of anybody in the whole world, I should be impervious to the mean-spiritedness of internet trolls. It’s been four years since I started Baristanet. We’ve had 159,000 comments. Many of them mean, many of them directed my way. I’ve been hearing for years that people are afraid to comment on Baristanet, they’re afraid the trolls will jump on them. Occasionally Annette, who works for me, is brought to tears.
Today I was, goddamnit.
Thank you sheela. Then there was this.