While she's not the first person to reveal the dentist's home address, her post adds fuel to the fire, and makes it easier for a lunatic to wreak havoc on this man and his family.
Why do I care? The guy allegedly committed a horrible crime, so why shouldn't he pay? I agree: if convicted, he should pay, but by legal means, not at the hands of Internet vigilantes.
Back to my doxxing friend: her post surprised me. She's not the kind of person you'd expect to endorse vigilantism. Maybe she thinks that because she only posted his address without any call-to-arms she's wasn't explicitly endorsing vigilantism. That, of course, would be disingenuous: why post the address if not to suggest someone should take action?
Make no mistake: posting his address increases the risk that someone will visit agony on this man and, moreover, his family. I find it hard to believe that's what my friend would want, but that's the way it is.
Doxxing is wrong. It's always wrong. Even when someone's address is a matter of public record, it's wrong.
Doxxers are enabling if not endorsing vigilantism, and should ask themselves if their actions are any better than the subject of their outrage.
I hope for justice in Cecil's killing. But I hope that justice is legal.
I'm posting a new palette each month for a year. This is July's palette. It was inspired by the photograph below.
Here are all seven palettes so far, January to July; click / tap to enlarge.
This is my pen. It's shiny and heavy and feels good in my hand. Because it uses cartridges — I prefer ultra fine with black ink — I've owned it for several years, and will hopefully have it for the rest of my life.
My pen makes me happy, and because it makes me happy, I'm drawn to it. It rests near my mouse hand, in plain view, beckoning me to sketch. This is good: as a digital designer, I tend to jump into software a little too quickly. My pen encourages me to sketch on paper before committing to pixels.
They say the tools you use are less important than what you use them for, and I mostly agree. But sometimes it's nice to own a tool that inspires you.
What do you think? Tell me on Twitter.
From NASA today: "A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away."
When I saw this news, I was immediately reminded of the following dizzying quote by Carl Sagan in his book Pale Blue Dot, wherein he describes the last photo taken of Earth by Voyager 1 as it left our Solar System. In the photo, our home planet was less than a single pixel.
“Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every 'superstar,' every 'supreme leader,' every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam." — Carl Sagan
Do you see it? Do you see our pale blue dot? Approximately halfway down that bright brownish band toward the right side of the image. That's earth. That's us.