Trolling: A Reason To Dislike The Internet

Look I get that sometimes what people say on the internet is just a joke, just being funny, just a bored browser wandering around with nothing better to do than comment something weird/pointless/fun on a blog or new article or Facebook page. I’m not against comedy, censorship, or freedom of speech.

I am against people using their anonymity just to be a jerk online. I hate the endless lists of gibberish which is meant just to insult or annoy people. I hate the ridiculous comics with the face that actually creeps me out quite a bit. I hate the attitude of superiority that comes from anyone that doesn’t enjoy trolling.

I just don’t get it. If these people were face to face, the likelihood is that they wouldn’t act the way they do online. If they did they would hardly have friends, their workplace certainly wouldn’t appreciate it, and in general society would likely turn against them and ask them to change their behaviour, or at least stop now.
There has been an excuse for trolling, one particular one I found, all of which reminds me of a child’s response, a sense of: “Well, if it’s not true why let it bother you?” “It must be true for you to get upset about it?”. This seems to justify the insult with a distancing of it from the perpetrator, as if they were just testing the waters with how far they can push they boundaries, it didn’t really mean anything so they can’t be judged for it. It was all just “banter”. For example, the following explains the logic of someone trolling:

““That’s a very interesting reaction. why didn’t you get so defensive when I said you had green hair?” If I were certain that I wasn’t a terrible reporter, he explained, I would have laughed the suggestion off just as easily. The willingness of trolling “victims” to be hurt by words, he argued, makes them complicit, and trolling will end as soon as we all get over it.”

It seems that in general the internet is not just a place to share useful information, but also a free-for-all where no matter how racist, hurtful, murderous, or cruel a person’s comment.Proving this were the “Rules of Internet” which were found. See the bottom of post for those.

These “rules” annoyed me most because of the excuses they gave the internet population to be awful to one another. The internet was not made for that reason and it becomes tainted by the behaviour of the minority. The so-called “Lad” culture online is stupid at best. With a number of websites advertising themselves as moderation-free they breed some disgusting content.

What worries me is that it’s becoming normal. Memes are part of it as Universities start insulting others using images and one-lines, some i grant you are funny, others are just harsh. The more insults that are created the more reason to do the unthinkable – censoring internet. Before the cry of “freedom of speech” destroys my ear drums, the reason I say this is I’m not sure we don’t already do this. As I’ve already pointed out, we tend to shun or at least challenge those who say cruel things to our face or around us. That doesn’t happen on the internet because of anonymity. If you block someone they can just rename themselves and come back and there have been some disturbing stories where people have done just that.

So here are my simple rules of the internet, I would love it if people started acting on them:

1. Only say things to people if you would be willing to say them to their face AND deal with the consequences.
2. Don’t post images/comments you wouldn’t want your boss/mother/granny/God to see and ask you about.
3. Trying to annoy/insult/bait people is just a little childish, trolling is childish. Stop it. It’s not doing you or anybody else any good.

(The Rules of the Internet… Apparently… :/ The Rules of the Internet are a popular piece of copypasta that can’t be attributed to any single author. By looking at “The Rules of the Internet” one can see some pointers that basically describe how trolls work.

3.We are Anonymous. 4.Anonymous is legion. 5.Anonymous never forgives. 6.Anonymous can be a horrible, senseless, uncaring monster.

Rules 3-6 are a brief summary of the character of Anonymous.

8.There are no real rules about posting. 9.There are no real rules about moderation either – enjoy your ban.

Because everyone is Anonymous, there is no real central figure. Anonymous tries to be self-governing, but as we’ve learned from Boxxy, Anonymous is easily divided. Pretty much anything that can be posted, will get posted even if the results wind up banning the poster. Unfortunately most of the time bans are evaded.

11.All your carefully picked arguments can easily be ignored. 12.Anything you say can and will be used against you. 13.Anything you say can be turned into something else – fixed. 14.Do not argue with trolls – it means that they win. 15.The harder you try the harder you will fail.

Rules 11-15 describe exactly what one can expect when confronting a troll.

18.Everything that can be labeled can be hated. 19.The more you hate it the stronger it gets.

Rules 18 and 19 reinforce the presence of trolls and the nihilism behind the trolling behavior.

Rule 20. Nothing is to be taken seriously!

Rule 20 is perhaps the most important rule of all and best defense against trolls.

39. CAPSLOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR COOL

Rule 39 is an example of some good-natured trolling. The annoyance caused by CAPSLOCK is widely recognized, so to say that it is “cruise control for cool” is one of the few instances that sarcasm is able to carry over to text without much effort.

42.Nothing is Sacred 43.The more beautiful and pure a thing is – the more satisfying it is to corrupt it.

Rule 42 and 43 are statements that apply not only to the motivation behind trolls, but also to a warped sense of catharsis that some have experienced through observing trolls.)

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Definitely agree with you on this. And a word of advice that IMDB gives out on its message boards: Ignore trolls. (Yes, I know that’s difficult.) But it’s like the above post said: If you argue, they win. They want attention. They want to create unnecessary and unreasonable conflict. I mean, if you can get into a friendly, polite, rational Internet debate with someone, more power to both of you. But if everyone just starts flaming each other, it’s just stupid.

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