This is Part 3 of the "When Authors Go Bad" feature article.
If you'd like to read Part One:
If you'd like to read Part Two:
In Part One and Part Two of this post, I spoke about click baiting as a lure to engage people on social media sites, and I looked at how social media has become a platform for those with opinions - good or bad - to share while waving the banner of free speech. When I say opinions, it's often a rant and rants have repercussions in any public forum.
This blog post is about the fallout from social media rants.
Is it really freedom of speech some authors are seeking, or is it freedom from social repercussion?