Monday, August 22, 2016

Internet Trolls

I don't deal with Internet Trolls at all. Maybe I'm just too old and don't go where they hang out. Boys who have no girlfriends and aren't likely to ever are not the kinds of people I would want to hang out with online anyway. Trolls are the worst sort of people because they cause other people online to commit suicide and then laugh about causing someone's death online among themselves. This is how they get their kicks by causing the weak to self destruct and die.

So, if you have a young person in your house and they are depressed and suicidal try to keep them away from online trolls who will fuck up their heads so they actually take their own lives.

Begin quote from Time magazine August 29th 2016:pages 27 and 28: partial quote:

Tyranny of the Mob

Trolls are turning the web into a cesspool of aggression and violence. What watching them is doing to the rest of us may be even more harmful.

By Joel Stein

This story is not a good idea. Not for society and certainly not for me. Because what trolls feed on is attention. And this little bit--these several thousand words--is like leaving bears a pan of baklava.

It would be smarter to be cautious, because the Internet's personality has changed. Once it was a geek with lofty standards about the free flow of information. Now the web is a sociopath with  Asperger's. If you need help improving your upload speeds it's eager to hep with technical details, but if you tell it youare struggling with depression it will try to goad you into killing yourself. Psychologists call this the online disinhibition effect, in which factors like anonymity, invisibility, a lack of authority and not communicating in real time strip away the mores of our society spent millenia building. And it's seeping from our smartphones into every aspect of our lives.

The people who relish this online freedom are called trolls, a term that originally came from a fishing method online thieves used to find victims. It quickly morphed to refer to the monsters who hide in darkness and threaten people. Internet trolls have a manifesto of sorts, which states they are doing it for the lulz, or laughs. What trolls do for the lulz ranges from clever pranks to harrassment to violent threats. There's also doxxing-- publishing personal data, such as social security numbers and bank accounts--and swatting, calling in an emergency to a victim's house so the SWAT team busts in. When victims do not experience lulz, trolls tell them they have no sense of humor. Trolls are turning social media and comment boards into a giant locker room in a teen movie, with towel snapping racial epithets and misogyny.

end partial quote from page 28

I stay away from all this by simply not visiting Schan, 4chan, voat, Reddit I visit once in a while because sometimes I find interesting things there, but I don't visit yikyak, don't go to twitter much, I do go to youtube often, but stay away from facebook as much as I can, don't use instagram or snapchat at all. By the way the way I listed all these places snapchat has the least trolls and Schan has the most and the rest are in a descending order of number of trolls from Shan down to snapchat.

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