I don’t get the appeal of internet trolling 1.
How twisted do people have to be to think scroll-by insults are worth the energy they take to dish out? What good is self-validation that requires someone else to be, in a troll’s mind, taken down a peg?
I don’t get troll guard dogs.
What gift do we offer to humanity when we target someone who is perplexed with, uncertain of, or in disagreement over a stated idea. Do we enlighten ourselves? Do we help those who are confused? Sometimes I wonder if troll guard dogs are really just small trolls.
I don’t get troll fighters.
What good does it do us, or anyone else, to take up a troll’s disingenuous offer to debate? Sometimes I wonder if anti-troll zealots are just trolls on their lunch break.
I don’t get computer chair activists.
I don’t know why people will share the most ludicrous stories 2 on social media, thinking each time, “This will show them how stupid they are!” Sometimes I wonder if computer chair activists aren’t just trolls in disguise.
I just don’t get it. Are people really burning so hot with hidden and unreflecting rage they can’t feel valued if they aren’t devaluing others? Are we as a culture withered inside so completely? Can’t we do better?