But please, could we try and use this one correctly?
Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power.
It’s fucking annoying if you actually read what it tweets, but it’s not bullying because it cannot force people to do shit. It has no power. Even its power to annoy is limited–all you have to do is not read its tweets.
Victims of bullying cannot escape the bullies that easily–that is why chronic bullying, like any other abuse, can have such tragic consequences.
That is why it’s important to the people who are not victims themselves to pay attention and intervene.
So please, please, please–can we stop using that word for every. single. irritant or disagreement in our lives?
¹ I’m not commenting over there because it feels more than a bit rude to me to go to someone else’s place for the very first time and have a rant be your contribution to the conversation. I’ve done it, but I don’t much like it.
² I’m going to on a very sturdy limb here and say that its lack of power to harass or intimidate, and its very, very limited power to annoy, are a source of rather a lot grief for the Nut itself.