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I actually watched someone very recently post about how it's sad how there is no more professionalism in business and then go on yet another attack of someone's personal character calling them names and belittling their experience and education.
The other part that I just can't figure out is that if they are in this "social" business, they would never advise one of their clients to attack others, right? It's do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do to the nth degree.
I think another characteristic is that these personalities would even echo your sentiment here and then turn around and try to call out others in their attacks. Or better yet, claiming that they, themselves, have been the victim of trolls. I still have an email from a few years back from one of these people calling me every name in the book - vulgar and otherwise - because I did challenge them in an online social forum.
At the end of it all, what keeps me from getting all worked up is knowing that these folks are crying out for attention because they are trying to validate their existence. Behind a computer screen and keyboard, they matter. They have an audience. People CARE about them (or at least the illusion of caring). And they have bought into it wholeheartedly. They believe their own hype. And that hype has been built on them attacking others and paying into their own ego-inflation. They are a big deal in a very small fishbowl. Outside of that fishbowl? Not so much.
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Down with influencers! Can we influence the demise of influence? I dunno. Food for thought.
Great post, Justin. And thanks for the shout out.
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