Internet Mob Logic

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 by Draginol | Discussion: Internet

“People who say mean things should die in a fire!”

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Borg999
Reply #41 Sunday, September 29, 2013 11:27 AM



Quoting Borg999, reply 37I've joined a number of boards, where if you express an opinion that differs from the majority, you will get banned...

Not on Stardock's sites you won't....provided that opinion is not racist or discriminatory or incites criminality...

Yes, I know. 

Nasarog
Reply #42 Sunday, September 29, 2013 11:40 AM

Does not compute. Internet mob ≠ Logic.

Draginol
Reply #43 Sunday, September 29, 2013 4:00 PM

Borg999

As a mod on another board, I deal with a lot of trolls and people using the anonymity of the Internet to be jerks.

And I agree with most of what has been said here.

But to claim every troll is an unemployed loser is just over the top.

Not everyone who is unemployed is a lazy good for nothing leech. Most people are unemployed because there are dozens of people looking for work for each open position available.

To constantly demonize the unemployed is a biased and a skewed view of reality.

 

No one is saying any such thing.

I said the typical troll is an unemployed, basement dwelling loser.  That doesn't mean every troll nor does it say anything negative about someone who is unemployed.   Retired people are unemployed too. Are they trolls?

The stereotypical troll on the Internet today is a young while male with a lot of time on his hands typically because they don't have a job. They're usually motivated by envy of others but will rationalize their behavior endlessly.  I know this because, having spent 30 years on BBSes/Usenet/Forums and also attending trade shows, user group meetings, etc. I've had the opportunity to meet a lot of these guys.

But the very worst trolls don't fit this description. The sociopath trolls (see sites like somethingawful or broken forum or 4chan to see them in action) are motivated by who knows what and don't fit any specific description (except that they're still typically white males).  The ones I've met are usually (but not always) extremely introverted in person, outright meek but get them behind a computer and they will engage in very time consuming efforts to hate something or someone (usually their targets are political figures).  

Cauldyth
Reply #44 Sunday, September 29, 2013 8:03 PM

Draginol
The sociopath trolls (see sites like somethingawful or broken forum or 4chan to see them in action) are motivated by who knows what

Some men just want to watch the world burn.


Jafo
Reply #45 Sunday, September 29, 2013 10:00 PM

Cauldyth
Some men just want to watch the world burn.

'men' is a bit of a stretch....

smeagolheart
Reply #46 Monday, September 30, 2013 1:28 PM

Are we not joining in the same witch-hunt attacks/condemnations that we are railing against here?

Jafo
Reply #47 Monday, September 30, 2013 7:18 PM

smeagolheart
Are we not joining in the same witch-hunt attacks/condemnations that we are railing against here?

No.

We are defining a 'troll' in order to be able to recognise and ELIMINATE them from our Community.

There IS NO attack/condemnation of a fellow site member....as once recognised the troll is no longer a member.  It is the troll who does the 'attacking' ...it's simply the site Administration that ministers his removal...

TwoWolves
Reply #48 Monday, September 30, 2013 7:35 PM

Its not just the internet that is losing its manners and tolerance.

 

Here in the UK people are being threatened with prison for speaking their minds on immigration policy.

 

Conversely violent crime is unduly tolerated and the identity of the criminal protected, we call it "human rights".

smeagolheart
Reply #49 Tuesday, October 01, 2013 10:57 AM

TwoWolves

Its not just the internet that is losing its manners and tolerance.
 Here in the UK people are being threatened with prison for speaking their minds on immigration policy
Conversely violent crime is unduly tolerated and the identity of the criminal protected, we call it "human rights".

Troubled times these days.  Makes one look back on yesteryears as the good old days.  I think things were pretty good back in the day.  At the time people were complaining about it, but look how much worse it can get.  People take things for granted.

Borg999
Reply #50 Tuesday, October 01, 2013 11:20 AM

13 Types Of Troll You’ll Meet On The Internet

http://www.buzzfeed.com/robinedds/types-of-troll-youll-meet-on-the-internet

I encounter type 8 on a regular basis. They are the bane of my online existence. Making a comment that isn't perfectly PC, sends them into a tissy fit. Handling them with kid gloves isn't good enough...

"They tend to take everything as a personal assault, and love nothing more than feeling offended. And if they can’t feel offended directly, they also love being offended on other people’s behalves."

RogueCaptain
Reply #51 Saturday, October 05, 2013 10:25 PM

Guys these are just internet trolls.  You think internet trolls are bad?  Try trolls in real life, seriously.  I know because I recently tried golfing as a new hobby.

It's amazing how many trolls golf.  Why golf?  Maybe the appeal is competitive relaxation.  Plus trolling gives them an edge in the game, practical application. The last thing you want is to tense up and lose your nerve.

Now the funny thing is post college golfers aren't the problem because they're not very good at RL trolling but that doesn't stop them from numerous failed attempts.  Not up to par so to speak.  Now the older ones are silver tongued devils and they can golf very very well.

 

"Did you see that great swing?"

"Isn't it wonderful how one just can get away from it all with a nice game of golf?"

"Let's use this opportunity to catch up."

"So Jim, tell me how your mother is doing after that awful car accident, the one with the drunk driver."

"Oh looks like your up, I'll wait here and you can tell me your story after."

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