The Age of Troll
After the 2008 election of President Obama, I noticed something very off-putting. It seemed every article on Yahoo News with topics ranging from Climate Change to kittens. The comments section was filled with the vilest commentators ever. Almost a decade later encountered many mainly Trump supporters, but mostly all racist, sexist, homophobic, and highly unsavory commentators infect “the internets” with their venom.
In my post, American Idiocracy, I talked about “vicious idiots” or more popularly known as “internet trolls.” These are folks who are dumber than a box of rocks but feel the need to insert themselves into every debate and have an opinion (usually very wrong) about everything. Disgraced “adult Justin Biber“, a.k.a Milo Yiannopoulos, “little Ms. bimbo babble” herself, Tomi Lahren, or Donald “King Troll” Trump comes to mind as real life manifestations of internet trolls. They lurk everywhere online from the Washington Post.com to Youtube to Facebook, and especially on Twitter.
After my most recent encounter with two bigoted and sexist Trump supporters, it led me to come up with these three simple tactics for dealing with trolls on social media.
Step 1: Don’t bother
You have better things to do with your free time like reading a book, binge-watching Luke Cage on Netflix, walking in the rain, watching paint dry, or trying erotic asphyxiation for the first time. Anything is better than wasting your time debating trolls.
Step 2: Troll Back
If you must engage trolls back then return the favor. Now, many trolls will be too dumb to get things like wit or sarcasm. On Facebook, it’s a bit more difficult to block trolls, but there are ways to do it. I usually say my piece and move on #MicDrop. Twitter is usually much easier. I usually leave a smart ass gif, then block those foolish racist trolls so they can’t respond back. The only thing more satisfying than that is mocking Dallas Cowboys or Chicago Cubs fans.
Step 3: Enlist Back-Up
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) supposedly remarked in 1939,”He may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch” in regards to Nicaragua dictator Anastasio Somoza Garcia. We all have that one friend or relative who’s a complete and total asshole. But we still love them away because they’re our own personal lovable asshole. Enlist these folks to take on trolls. Assholes speak the language of assholery.
Bonus: The Comments Section
Whatever you do, stop trying to have a sensible or reasoned debate with a random stranger in the comments sections of any major news site or YouTube. The comments section is where civil discourse goes to die. Do something more productive with your time like trying a Tae Bo class. Unless you want to lose all hope in humanity.
Now, keep calm and don’t forget to be awesome!