an experiment that actually curbed hate speech on the internet

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I HATE BULLIES and I see internet trolls as bul­lies. So I hate in­ternet trolls. But aside from Face­book, where I can keep them curbed by ex­cluding them from my com­ment thread, I have little in­ter­ac­tion on so­cial media plat­forms on the in­ternet. Con­se­quently, I have little in­ter­ac­tion with bul­lies and trolls on the in­ternet.

Oh, I see them when I’m out and about reading ar­ti­cles and es­says on other sites—whether news sites or opinion sites. READ MORE

anonymity empowers cowards to become bullies

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I HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT BULLIES sev­eral times on this site, both from per­sonal mem­o­ries and with the still es­ca­lating in­stances of In­ternet bul­lying often re­ferred to as “trolling.” We are watching the sev­enth season of the tele­vi­sion se­ries CASTLE, and one of the episodes deals with both the type of bul­lying that I ex­pe­ri­enced fifty years ago, and the with cyber-bullying of today. READ MORE

trolls are leaving forests and bridges for the internet

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TROLLS ARE EVERYWHERE! It wasn’t al­ways this way. Once upon a time, trolls dwelled in Scan­di­na­vian folk tales, crea­tures hos­tile to all things human. But now trolls are every­where! They’re leaving forests and bridges and the rocks and trees of the Old World to dwell in the cy­berci­ties that en­circle the globe. And now we call these new city-dwellers ‘in­ternet trolls.’ READ MORE

sadism! psychopathy! machiavellianism! and trolling?

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THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPHS were taken from an ar­ticle ti­tled “The One Psy­cho­log­ical Char­ac­ter­istic That On­line Trolls Tend to Share.” It’s an in­ter­esting look at what trolling has be­come, and most of the find­ings fit my ob­ser­va­tions of and ex­pe­ri­ences with per­sis­tent (com­pul­sive?) trolls on so­cial and news-oriented web­sites.

It also con­tinues nicely with my se­ries of rants against any and all bul­lies (see below). READ MORE

what about them there leftwingnut trolls?

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AH YES, LEFTWINGNUT TROLLS. I sup­pose they’re there, but they have to wait until I ad­dress old-fashioned, mod­erate Re­pub­li­cans. If they have a pres­ence or a voice on Face­book and other so­cial media on the In­ternet, it’s hard to find. Or it’s there but drowned out by the ubiq­ui­tous and rabid rightwingnuts and their bel­li­cose blath­er­ings and intellectually-challenged ‘opin­ions.’

If so, then the former are being found guilty by as­so­ci­a­tion with the latter and by not gain­saying them. READ MORE

rightwingnuts do it for free on facebook (hate free zone 2)

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RIGHTWINGNUTS DO IT FOR FREE is a follow-up of sorts to an ear­lier ar­ticle where I dis­cussed turning my Face­book page into a “rightwingnut hate free zone.” I did that so there will be NO MORE racist ho­mo­phobic misog­y­nistic Is­lama­phobic etcetera com­ments! Which doesn’t mean those folk aren’t oth­er­wise ubiq­ui­tous on Face­book and across the In­ternet.

Off the Internet—you know, in ‘real’ life—I often tell younger folks how far America has pro­gressed in my life­time, as we no longer have ‘blacks only’ ser­vices or the blas­phemy of lynch­ings. READ MORE

were you picked on for being gay (even if you weren’t)?

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OCCASIONALLY, I am given an op­por­tu­nity to take on a one-day gig and pick up a little pocket money. So far, my fa­vorite has been a serving on a couple of mock-juries. I have also been a pa­tient for a psy­chi­atric grad stu­dent: I warned her in ad­vance that she would get nowhere with me. Of course, she had been bawling like a baby while re­living some child­hood traumas! READ MORE

when dad is just as bad as the bullies

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AS A TARGET OF BULLIES most of my high school years, I have grown up as a rea­son­ably ‘con­trolled’ adult (I have a veeeeeery long, veeeeeery slow-burning fuse to my once hair-trigger temper), con­sti­tu­tion­ally and philo­soph­i­cally anti-violence in­sti­ga­tion (versus the ne­ces­sity of using vi­o­lence in de­fense), but quite ca­pable of taking care of my­self. (Of course, being a 200-pound 6-footer tends to dis­suade most people from get­ting in my face.) READ MORE