Arguments on the Internet are the new black
After 20 years you think you know a person.
My husband is an Internet troll. Its true. He has joined a local discussion forum, under a pen name I might add, and he participates in the discussions of the day which range from politics, to the status of the local park to a heated debate about the best pizza restaurant in town. He gets in there and stirs the pot just for kicks, he really does. Now he will tell you he is just stating his point of view and pointing out when other people are being unfair like the time the new restaurant registered 500 new people within a few hours for the purpose of stacking that poll about who makes the best Stromboli. But I know a troll when I see one.
The thing is, he does not point out the failures of a person's logic or their misstatements of fact. He tells them they are too excited and that they are defensive or their criticism is too harsh or they have no business even participating in the discussion and if they don't like what people are saying they should just go away. Then he sits back and enjoys it when the person he insulted and belittled gets upset and then he wastes no time pointing out...gee whiz batman...he was right all along. I swear to you he has even envoked Godwin's Law! I am so disappoint.
Now, I am not going to lie -- I have taken the bait. I am just as guilty as *you* are of seeing something on the Internet and responding in a way that would not win me any awards for the most rudimentary of High School Debate competitions. It is all too easy to respond pointedly when someone makes an observation grounded in their own personal agenda and calls you a bully or perhaps a fundamentalist whatever the fuck that means. But in truth, arguing with people who seem unable to rise above hyperbole and address issues without personal attack is a fool's game.
Yesterday I was a fool but today I will not make the same mistake.
If you want to read something that puts all the petty Internet bullshit in perspective please go here and see what Whiskey Day lives with daily. I admire her quiet strength and incredible sense of humor not to mention brilliant original writing.