Cure for Internet Trolls

I haven’t posted since October 2 (designing my Patreon “Capture! The Nearsighted Seer” page and learning to use MailChimp has gobbled up my time). But in the meantime: Ali Spagnola’s video response to internet trolls deserves everyone’s attention. (It was Ali’s musical talent that turned me on to Patreon!) Enjoy!


2 thoughts on “Cure for Internet Trolls

  1. When behind the computer screen, it’s very easy for people to engage in behaviors they would never do in real life. The anonymity of the Internet offers a shield—some people feel as if they can be aggressive, and in some cases abusive, toward others because they don’t feel as though they are hurting a real person. One strange thing about the Internet is that while we are incredibly connected digitally, we are very disconnected interpersonally. The fact you can’t see the people you interact with online makes it easier to “other” them. When we “other” people, we don’t necessarily see them as real people with real feelings, and that makes it easier to disconnect from the reality that our words can cause actual harm.

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    1. Thank you, Angelina, for a sensitive and intelligent response to my post. I think you are correct in asserting that the internet and social media disconnect many if not all of us–or not all of us to the same degree–from our sense of reality. What worries me is the way in which your account of the “strange thing about the internet” may be seen to offer trolls and other inflictors of online abuse an excuse for bad behavior.

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