Let me start off by thanking everyone who has taken the time to post a short little self-intro in this blog’s comment section. I would say “Welcome!” but it would seem all of you have been here for a while, whether your respective screen names have popped up before or not. So, instead, I’ll say “Thanks for being regulars – secret or otherwise!”. It’s great getting to know who’s out there, and, also, getting to know a little more about our more familiar contributors. Best of all, I’m compiling a list of your various cities and towns so that I’ll be able to impose on each and every one of you when the times comes for my world tour. Imagine the excitement of having a real scifi writer/producer sleeping in your guest bed, watching your t.v., and even eating the food you so lovingly prepared! It doesn’t get any better than that (unless, of course, I actually paid for my stay)!
So, please keep posting those intros. Don’t be shy!
This fun little exercise just happened to dovetail with a recent news article a buddy of mine posted on Facebook regarding online anonymity and trolling.
In internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a forum, chat room, or blog), either accidentally or with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion. - Wikipedia
Yes, we’ve all come across them at some point in our internet lives, those attention-seeking jerks who feel free to say anything they want, no matter how offensive or hurtful, because, at the end of the day, they can get away with it since nobody knows who they are.
Well, usually. But what happens when a troll loses his/her online anonymity. As it turns out, they’re A LOT less bold in person.
Like in this case where a boxer, fed up with being trash-talked on twitter, decide to track down his troll: Boxer Hunts Down Cowardly Twitter Troll for Digital TKO. Lots of backtracking and grovelling. Love it.
And then there’s this interesting article about a blogger whose attempts to track down a troll came to a shocking conclusion: The day I confronted my troll | Leo Traynor
When the late Charlotte Dawson confronted some of her online tormentors - Charlotte Dawson tracks down and confronts Twitter Trolls in 2012 - they proved surprisingly cowed.
But that’s not always the case. Some remain defiant – if not uncomfortably so:
Bottom line: They don’t like it.
It would seem that, when all is said and done, these anonymous online trolls are just regular people. Just regular, screwed up, terrible people: Science Confirms: Internet Trolls Really Are Narcissistic …
But we kind of had an inkling, didn’t we?