You remember John Fitzgerald Page, right? Freakish narcissist and oaf who failed to consider what would happen if his boorish behavior became widely publicized?
Johnny, meet Hermon Raju. I just know you kids will hit it off. You've got so much in common! Let's see: there's cringeworthy hubris about your educational background, frontal-lobe-damage-indicator sense of entitlement, pathological lack of shame, capacity for maniacal rudeness to strangers, and general insufferability!
And, hey, the internet has helped you both forge your destiny forever!
You kids have a good time. I want an invitation to the wedding, now!
Edited to add: A follow up thought . . . .
Since bullying people into taking down unflattering web sites blog posts is increasingly pointless given the Streisand Effect, I understand that reputation advisers nowadays generally tell people like Hermon Raju to create many, many new blogs and web sites and forum posts with positive references to themselves, in an effort to drive negative references lower in the Google results. Some reputation and PR firms even do this as a service, foisting a blizzard of cheery references to their clients onto the internet in a desperate gambit to game Google.
Hence, the remedy for narcissistic behavior that draws negative attention may be systematic narcissism.
It's a funny old world.
Edited again to add: More than three years ago I wrote about the modern consequences of such dickery in the context of another oaf; many of the same points remain.
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