Anyone who has spent any time at all on the great and powerful WWW reading and leaving their comments on various comment threads of blogs, news articles, social sites and such, have come to know and dread the arrival of the Internet troll. And while there’s really no one thing that attracts these trolls, writing about any sort of controversial issue will often do the trick.
Politics and religion will almost always bring them in droves although it’s difficult at times to discern the trolls from the truly stupid or the “cultist”. But the latest thing, at least according to my personal observations, are these so-called “anti-vaxxers”. And, heaven save us, they’ve started calling it a “movement” as well. Nothing like “movements” and “causes” to bring out the idiots.
So could we have a troll vaccine please?
Now before I go any further I should point out that for anyone who’s actually followed this old blog of mine over the years (there must be at least 3 or 4 of them out there somewhere), they know very well that I’m not in the habit of labeling people “idiots” or “morons” or any other type of derogative term. But I just can’t help it this time. It’s just become so obvious during the past year or so I just can’t hold it back any longer.
I’ll say one thing for this so-called anti-vaccine movement, it sure brought the trolls out of the woodwork and on top of that, they’re the lowest form of troll I’ve seen yet.
One thing that all trolls all seem to have in common:
- They can’t spell.
- They can’t punctuate.
- They seem to have no clue of how to form a sentence.
- Skipped every class that involved teaching anything about grammar or history or English or anything.
- Skipped every class period.
- Ignores actual facts while cherishing their own
- Has a love affair with their caps lock.
- Always resorts to insults and personal attacks in the end.
I’m sure there’s more but that’s as far as I want to go at the moment.
If it’s not horrendously long comments full of subjective rambling rhetoric of little or no substance…
…or properly spelled words…
…or sense of grammar…
…it’s a short one or two liner telling a previous commenter that, “your not only retardedbut you mother walked the peers with a matress straped to her back so give ME a brake”, or something of that nature.
We who prowl the great and mighty innerweb are all too familiar with these lower forms of animal life who do their utmost to disrupt even the most genteel and intelligent of virtual conversations. And no subject is sacred especially these days where the trolls seem to be even more thriving and abundant than ever before with no real cure in sight.
So, how about that Internet troll vaccine, huh? I mean, we have anti-virus and Internet security suites for those who use Windows, spam filters for our email so why not a virtual anti-troll vaccine for our comment threads? With all the open source developers out there coming up with all these wonderful things from software to operating systems, you’d think it was possible.
If so, these Internet trolls’ days are surely numbered?