It was with sadness what that I read that Michael Arrington has decided to take a leave of absence after he was physically abused in the street. In his post he also talks about other confrontations he’s had over his success with TechCrunch including having his life, that of his family and his staff threatened by a nutter. Arrington has decided to take some time off to focus on what his priorities are and have a long hard think about where he wants to be.
I don’t really have any strong feelings for the man, I don’t know him, or his work enough to comment on them, but it’s just unfair when people react to someone’s success or perceived power by attacking them, whether it is verbally or physically. It’s one thing to recommend a fat guy loses some weight for example, but throwing a box of weight loss pills at him is a definite no-no. The whole experience is reminiscent of Kathy Sierra’s exit from the blogging world after receiving death threats. It’s such a shame to see quality people exit because of the way they are treated by others. Can’t we just all grow up?