I don’t often even publish troll comments…let alone mention them in a post. They are generally disruptive, or mean for the sake of meanness, or hasbara talking point BS. But every now and again one of them just cries out to be refuted or at the very least be used as fodder for this little wacky attempt at rebellion I call How Dare I.
I love writing this stuff. I guess that is apparent…I do so much of it. Almost daily, if I don’t have something more pressing…and sometimes even then. Call it a hobby, or a frustrated writer’s last ditch attempt at expressing over half a century of unusual experiences, or just jerking off(as did my latest troll). I actually kind of like that type of comment now and again. I don’t enjoy being abused any more than the next guy, but every now and again it’s good to hear from the opposition camp. Someone that does not see things my way. We can learn from these experiences, or at the very least, learn that everything we say out here…just because it is in print and comes from an honest place within ourselves…doesn’t make it gospel.
My latest “troll”,(and I call them that, due to the hit-and-run nature of those that normally leave such negative…well insulting…comments) is typical of what I am talking about. I think that is the common term. Anyway these people seem to spend as much time as I do behind the keyboard typing out comments contrary to online articles/posts…for purposes unknown. To express a dissenting view? To challenge the writer’s facts? Or just to see their words in print online…I don’t know for certain. But they are a breed apart, that is certain. You find them everywhere that a webmaster allows. They are much akin to…I dunno…mosquitoes…that always seem to get in, no matter how vigilant one is about keeping the door closed. Sometimes they bite…sometimes they just buzz around your ear threatening to do so, as an annoyance. Either way they must be dealt with, eventually.
Perhaps I am being too harsh. After all these are just people. Maybe they have too much time on their hands…or are also frustrated writers, or feel that their opinions are not being considered. Again, I can’t be sure.
But they do provide something useful. They remind us sometimes that the whole world is not our(bloggers) choir. Not everyone agrees with our point of view, simply because we are being as honest and as genuine as we can be in our efforts. That is a good thing. It is a way of honing our skills as writers, and thinkers. It keeps our mind open to differing opinions, even if in our initial estimation, they are clearly wrong. It is uncomfortable to be challenged, but there is no real solace in the certainty of a closed mind.
I would have a suggestion however for those that feel tempted to comment on this or any other site in such a negative fashion.
I too have commented to the contrary on many sites…but I have always kept one thing in mind. That is that I should comment to the author of said piece as if I were standing in front of them. Without the anonymity of the online experience. As if the speaker knows who I am and that I am willing to defend my position right here and now to their face. Then and only then…when you own your remarks…are they valid. This rule has always worked for me. It is amazing how seriously you are taken when you follow this simple guideline. The writer will automatically assume that first: you aren’t a bot. Two: you are a human that deserves the respect of a response, and Three: you may or may not learn or teach something in the ensuing exchange. Neat thing…communication.
When one doesn’t start off a rebuttal with something like: “You ignorant slut”…well, I’m sure you are familiar with the honey/vinegar adage. But beyond that…
What can be gained by hit-and-run vitriol? I never understood it. Perhaps in an arena of a bit more popular-subject website, an occasional “Fuck Off!” comment can be seen as…well, children giggling as they type it. But a venue such as this, with such a narrow focus…well, short of zionist-sponsored hasbara, I don’t see the need. You certainly aren’t going to garner that huge audience that such flaming would bring you by bombing a CNN or NBA type website. But maybe I just don’t understand the troll mentality. It must be in the realm of the human experience…these are after all just folks like us. If they would expend as much effort in their colorful and descriptive insults, truly expressing their opinion…maybe someday they will be writing a similar article decrying like activity on their own sites. I dunno.
But anyway…Get Deeez, you have had your few minutes of fame(very limited – sorry I am not more popular for your sake). And twice even. I won’t return insults. I don’t know you. I don’t think you really expressed an opinion…dissenting or otherwise. But your trolling paid off…I guess.
Myself, I would rather converse, learn, teach…open my mind…but that’s just me.