mootly scanning the internet for troll alternates

Es­ti­mated reading time is 2 min­utes.

I HAVE ADDRESSED the issue of “in­ternet trolls” in sep­a­rate ar­ti­cles sev­eral times; give this one a read if the topic in­ter­ests you: “Too Many Im­moral People Are Trolling More Ef­fec­tively Than Ever Be­fore.” It’s the last one I wrote and prob­ably the last one I will write. The word ‘troll’ has joined others such as ‘scan,’ ‘moot’ (try to figure out how to mootly scan some­thing) and ‘al­ter­nate’ that are now so mis­used by so many people—including writers on the Internet—I re­ally don’t know what most writers mean when they use the term.

It’s be­come so di­luted that people refer to anyone who dis­agrees with them in a less than po­lite manner as a troll. Sigh—just a short time ago it car­ried weight, had meaning.


A troll can spew more in­cen­diary com­ments than are pos­sible to ex­pose as fast as they are spouted.


The same people are out there, ma­li­ciously hounding others, making so­cial media and even blogs on the In­ternet in­hos­pitable to their tar­gets. They still seem to be over­whelm­ingly racist, misog­y­nist, ho­mo­phobic white males, so those tar­gets tend to be women and minorities.

Too many im­moral people with dan­gerous ideas are using trolling more ef­fec­tively than ever be­fore. And a ded­i­cated troll can spew more in­cen­diary com­ments than are pos­sible to ex­pose as fast and ef­fec­tively as they are spouted.

Oh well, as an al­ter­nate to bitching and moaning—something I have gotten good at in my old age—I’ll stop here, chalk it all up as a moot some­thing or other, and go ca­su­ally scan the In­ternet for al­ter­nates to troll or maybe some­thing about py­ro­clastic clouds . . .

Trolls can spew more in­cen­diary com­ments than are pos­sible to quickly ex­pose as lies. Click To Tweet

Mootly Scanning: photo of pyroclastic cloud from 1991 eruption of Mt Pinatuba.

FEATURED IMAGE: Mas­sive ash clouds with a cauliflower-look make up the py­ro­clastic cloud that smoth­ered the land­scape during the Mt Pinatubo erup­tion in 1991. The image at the top of this page was dark­ened to make the white let­ters of the title more read­able. (Photo cour­tesy by Al­bert Garcia.)


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