Sometimes, the Internet disgusts me. As much as I rely on cyberspace for my connection to the world, it really does bring out the trolls. I'm always kicking myself after I've scrolled down to the bottom of an article to read people's comments. "Geez, why did I just do that? Why would someone say that? WTF??"
Good grief, there's so much negativity out there. So much cruelty. So much poison.
Last week's gruesome murder of two New York children, apparently by their nanny, have opened those floodgates even wider. The trolls are feasting on this story. Taking a big, juicy bite and regurgitating it to readers in the most awful ways.
I can't think of a better way to describe this social malady than John Gabriel's Greater Internet Dickwad Theory. You take a normal person, give him an audience and absolute anonymity and zero accountability, and what do you get 90 percent of the time? Yep, total dick.
And really, that could be any of us. It's tempting to indulge in our knee jerk reactions and lash out. It's easy to spit venom when you're in the safety of your bedroom, cubicle, school library, coffee shop, etc. And let's be honest, we all have the capability of tapping into our inner troll. We have the same twisted thoughts and ask the same judgmental questions. All it takes is a computer or smart phone and Internet connection.
This is the way I see it. The Internet and all platforms of social media -- Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, LinkedIn, Instagram, Flickr, Pinterest, Foursquare, Yelp, etc. -- is like being at a cocktail party. You wouldn't want to be known as the heartless jerk at the cool soiree. So THINK before you speak. Or in this case, THINK before you type. Please refrain from verbal diarrhea and when in doubt, edit edit edit.
Your fellow Internet party-goers will thank you.
Read below for an articulate response to the trolls writing carelessly about the Krim family tragedy.
The Krim family tragedy unleashes an onslaught of trolls
By Mary Elizabeth Williams
Salon.com (October 29, 2012)
|An outpouring of love and support seen outside the Krim's Upper West Side apartment. |
We need less trolling and more of this in the online community. (Photo: people.com)