You are probably all familiar with this definition:
Cult: A sect one doesn’t like.
Let me create a similar definition:
Stalking: A Google search one doesn’t like.
Connected with this, Mr Arudou recently commented on Mr Spiri’s hatchet job in Japan Times, an article which the more I thought about it, the less I felt it belonged on the pages of that or any newspaper:
Spiri was apparently too angry to do more accurate research on his subject’s history, even though that is the first thing incumbent upon a critic
But if I or my commenters try to do more accurate research on Mr Arudou to make sure our criticism is accurate, it becomes stalking…
There is also another issue of trivialising real stalking and cyber-stalking; if I were, for instance, using fake accounts or third parties to report on private discussions on Facebook or Google+ (I’m blocked on both!) then we might have something to talk about, but for now I’m happy that (bar a couple of incidents…) I don’t go any further than research via publically-available Google information.