One week ago, I wrote an article calling for some civility - a contentious request in the Age Of The Internet.
Suggesting that people, maybe, I don't know, stop sending death threats to someone they've never met, and refrain from comparing a reality television star to an infamous serial killer, is seen as a form of silencing. Or taking a side. Or forgiving a person for every transgression they've ever made - an outrageous thing to do.
The person in question was Olivia Frazer, the villain on this season of Married At First Sight.
I had watched as reasonable discourse and discussion around her poor choices had deteriorated into a pile on too large for any human being to bear. While insults were thrown, and petitions were signed, and private images of her as a young person were shared, and death threats were sent not only to her but her friends and family, it seemed ironic that this was a woman we were accusing of bullying.
Who were the bullies now?
While most of us logically know that reality television is highly edited, and that nothing is as it seems, we lose all sense of that when we're presented with a villain.
They come to represent all that is bad. They are the girl that bullied us in high school. The person who leaked our nudes. The friend who betrayed us or the family member who never said 'sorry'.