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The saddest thing about the internet is the way we have allowed it to become dominated by tedious trolls and online lynch mobs

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The saddest thing about the internet is the way we have allowed it to become dominated by tedious trolls and online lynch mobs, writes Alex Proud

You deserve to die of AIDS. I know where you live. Get a pair of b*llocks. The author is clearly an idiot. You moron. You communist c***. Etc, etc.

When I started writing this column, friends in the media advised me to only look at the number of comments, not the actual comments themselves. It’s quantity, not quality that counts, they said. If you’ve got a couple of hundred that’s great, but for God’s sake don’t read them.

At first, I didn’t get many at all. So I read them and they were all pretty benign. Then, I wrote the first piece that sparked the interest of the commentariat. And of course, I read the comments. And the stuff on Twitter. And the Facebook posts. And, my God, it was a festering pit of bile and venom. My eyes burned. My brain burned. It felt a bit like that scene in The Matrix, where you see the true nature of reality for the first time.

Of course, you tell yourself that sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you. But even so, you feel shock, horror, revulsion and shame. As you read about your being a brain-dead socialist arseh*le or an ignorant tw*t or someone who deserves to die, you wonder if your friends and family and the nice mums you meet at the school gates are reading these things too.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11470793/Before-you-abuse-me-in-the-comments-section-please-read-this-first.html

 

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its the way of the virtual world we live in. i exeprienced trolls and lynch mobs first hand while on a Q&A site some 10 years ago. many of my friends also were attacked while on FB and youtube. its rampant everywhere you go. i wish there was civility and netralism being portrayed but that seems far-fetched. not everyone can be "nicey-nicey"

 
 
 

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its the way of the virtual world we live in. i exeprienced trolls and lynch mobs first hand while on a Q&A site some 10 years ago. many of my friends also were attacked while on FB and youtube. its rampant everywhere you go. i wish there was civility and netralism being portrayed but that seems far-fetched. not everyone can be "nicey-nicey"

 
 
 

​The train left the station and it's not coming back. Assholes are everywhere -  I could well fit that definition - at least on this board - it brings out the worst in me - but like an auto wreck there is a grim fascination and I keep coming back - even though I really shouldn't. 

That said there isn't a single thing I say on here that I wouldn't say IRL to someone who got on my tits.

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​The train left the station and it's not coming back. Assholes are everywhere -  I could well fit that definition - at least on this board - it brings out the worst in me - but like an auto wreck there is a grim fascination and I keep coming back - even though I really shouldn't. 

That said there isn't a single thing I say on here that I wouldn't say IRL to someone who got on my tits.

​But you gotta admit @Lilly, you're my bff! And this is the most civil place within reach.  :hug:

We're trying to walk the fine line;

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I made this comment somewhere else, it holds true here too.

"Captain's log, stardate 411.7 The natives are restless - exploring this planet has proved fruitless and it should be marked for destruction. Kirk out!"

The conundrum is that if the Internet was regulated / moderated etc we would probably all scream to high heaven, I know I would!  Forums and obscure news sites which do not kowtow to the propagandist mainstream media are probably the only source of near-truths and will be "regulated" out of existence and the sheeple would be much less informed and poorer for it.

It is very unfortunate that quite a few psychologically certifiable characters lurk in cyber space because here they can be all they ever wanted to be and would never have the balls to be in real-life.  Their very existence detracts from the media which in the main can be very informative if these troll like folk are ignored or somehow circumvented.  Maybe a large portion of the human race suffers some form of transubstantiation when they view life through a computer screen.

I simply refuse to accept or be moved by comments and abuse from people with no substance in my my life who are simply (in most cases) a self concocted entity in cyber space.

 

 

 

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