Quoting Emily Bazelon (her byline can often be found on the SLATE website) in THE NEW YORK TIMES (in context of an op-ed article on how wide the definition of bullying should be):
"The definition of bullying adopted by psychologists is physical or verbal abuse, repeated over time, and involving a power imbalance. In other words, it’s about one person with more social status lording it over another person, over and over again, to make him miserable."
Over the past half-dozen years, I've been told that commenting about certain people on this blog (primarily residents of the poetry community) more than once in a critical fashion is bullying.
I wrote blog posts on people with greater social and professional status than I using their status in jerky/unprofessional/unkind-to-people-below-their-station ways.
But is this just as valid a definition of bullying as Ms. Bazelon's quote above?
Or is it merely a way to silence opinion voiced in public?