Rabbit trail: Scrabble in the digital age.

Saw this on the big dining table where the kids were playing Scrabble yesterday:


verb: informal

  1. search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.

    “hackers and online vigilantes routinely dox both public and private figures”


Le Sigh…

I hope to have the next -and last- installment of Modern Romance posted tomorrow.

14 thoughts on “Rabbit trail: Scrabble in the digital age.

  1. Elspeth says:

    Yep, humans gonna human. That’s for sure. I find in recent years that I feel a visceral repulsion for people who use the Internet to pick apart others for sport.

    The fact that it is becoming so widespread and has gone way beyond celebs and social media was bad enough. Now it seems there are ordinary Joes and Janes who get off on this kind of stuff.

    Sick, sick culture we have, and like most all the other stuff, Christians get right down in the mud with the world.

    When I saw the word on the Scrabble board this morning, I was both amused and a bit disheartened.

    Not sure which one of our girls used that word to get 34 points, but it was something to consider it.

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  2. Robyn says:

    hmmmm “visceral” … that would be the emotion of my rising blood pressure elevating with the temptation of the sweet, SWEET feeling of throat punching my screen …. (there’s the old-ever-so-human-robyn) 😉

    … but instead, I copy and paste; waste 2 hours with an eloquently cutting response to the person … then 3 mins backspacing over all of my great words, LOL. And then I listen to a praise song to get back to right.

    Tell your daughter she did an amazing job!!

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  3. elspeth says:

    hmmmm “visceral” … that would be the emotion of my rising blood pressure elevating with the temptation of the sweet, SWEET feeling of throat punching my screen

    The reaction I have is because it’s cowardly and bitchy, whether it’s being done by a man or a woman. There’s something smarmy about publicly tearing apart people you’ll never meet (particularly private citizens but some public people in this as well). And it’s especially true if you’d 1) never say such things to them in person, or 2) haven’t made a point of seeing to it that you’re not projecting when you need to sweep around your own front door. Given that Paul indicates our tendency to be prone to the latter, I’ve been a lot less critical lately.

    Celebrities, politicians even lawyers are all people with feelings. Ditto bloggers, etc.

    Now…I know there are times (particularly when contending for the faith) when something has to be said. So when Voddie Baucham calls out Joel Osteen for his theology, I *get* that. Of course, Baucham is doing it out in the public square using his own name and likeness for all the world to see. In other words, he’s not cowardly or bitchy about it.

    I’ve always been a bit of a “live and let live” type, and then married a guy who has a tendency to stick up for those more vulnerable than him so… I don’t have a lot of patience for that type of behavior.

    At least in times past, when someone was prone to lots of nasty gossip and judgmentalism, they had to contend with the fact that at some point they were probably going to cross paths with their targets and have to look them in the eye.

    I’m rambling now, but the fact that there is a word for people who dig up stuff about people on the Internet with “malicious intent” (and it’s Scrabble approved) got my wheels turning.

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  4. Robyn says:

    I was thinking, “malicious intent” … kind of goes back to Satan and his intentions toward us. I need to be reminded of the invisible battle that’s still raging on, and how he’s getting others to do his bidding — his ‘dox’.

    I think when I see it [dox] it will remind me of cowardliness! the “who” of who’s really behind all the malicious intent. Satan wins when we war with each other … i don’t like that.

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  5. Major Styles says:

    I went to McDonalds in Ft. Lauderdale recently and there were two televisions in the main dining section: CNN and Fox. Eventually, all the patrons were sucked up into the vortex of political animus.

    This is not normal…somebody does not want us to be happy.

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  6. Elspeth says:

    I agree, Major Styles. For years I sort of mentally rejected the notion that there was a *conspiracy* of some sort to keep Americans happy and distracted from life; both the good and the bad of it. Now I’m not so sure. It may be intentional.

    With the advent of social media (not just Facebook but also Twitter and blogs), the proliferation of people spewing their unhappiness and discontentment is at peak level. There are days I have looked and am reminded of Trump’s criticism of Hillary: ‘Nasty Woman”, and I resolve not to become such.

    But it has required that I limit my news intake considerably and when in restaurants where the media is blaring I take pains to ignore it. It’s a little harder for me when it’s sports, but I try to avoid such places in the first place. Unfortunately that is getting harder and harder to do unless you almost never eat out or go to the gym, etc.

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  7. Major Styles says:

    There does appear to be a conspiracy, for lack of a better word. However, our ability to remove the conspirators from the airwaves is, most likely, quite limited.

    So there is only the question…how to proceed? Surely, to limit one’s exposure as much as possible. Very difficult to do, however. I don’t see things getting better for quite some time (and I am an optimist). You’re right about restaurants and the gym…the conflict has entered nearly every public arena.

    It’s deeper than this election also. The roots of this are spiritual, psychological…a great sickness, coming from the top down.

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  8. Elspeth says:

    Major!!! I just finished pumping gas and while I was doing so the pump was running news briefings from HLN while I pumped.

    When I placed the pump back in the holster they thanked me for watching GSTV (gas station TV).

    It’s insane.

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  9. Elspeth says:

    It happens that I saw this just as I recently had a friend send me a link to Sarah Knight’s TedTalk, “The life changing magic of not giving a freak”. Not gonna link because she doesn’t say “freak”.

    Yeah, yeah I know. But having listened to it made it much easier for me to tune out that noise.

    No room in my freak budget for people’s ranting…

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