Diabolical trolls in power

May 5, 2017

TrollsTrolls. They do more than just plague the internet. No, they are far more diabolical in today’s world. They run our government.

This New York Times Magazine piece breaks down the phenomenon of internet trolls and is definitely worth reading. Amanda Hess writes:

Trolls work through abstraction, leveraging the internet and irony to carve out a space between actions and consequences. Becoming president has blown Trump’s cover: There’s nothing more consequential than this. Trolls are typically outsiders, and sad ones: They don’t fit into the dominant group, so they terrorize it from the sidelines. Part of what makes Trump’s administration so alarming is that the troll sensibility now dominates.

And when that happens, it’s reminiscent of what Sartre described: No reason, no principle, just the pure exercise of power.

But you’ll want to read the entire excellent piece, here. And if the state of the world is creating anxiety for you, this can help.




24 comments on “Diabolical trolls in power
  1. Barbara says:

    The state of the world is indeed driving me crazy!

  2. Whether you’re a conservative or a democrat, I think any sane person can agree that the air of the Trump administration is positively abysmal.

  3. Bill Sweeney says:

    The world today has gotten so far out of hand, I don’t even recognize it anymore. I thought trolls were supposed to live under bridges…

  4. Amy Desrosiers says:

    This world is turning into a wreck. Everything has to be so PC and trolls are running rampant all over. God help us.

  5. Theresa says:

    I wake up every day wondering how we came to this point in the state of our affairs. Boo to all the crummy dealings in the world right now, trolls included.

  6. Pam says:

    I have never understood internet trolls. Unfortunately more of them seem to be appearing “irl” too.

  7. It is just outrageous that this stuff happens in our world today. It is very frustrating, and it makes us feel helpless. I will have to check out the rest of the article. If we can do one thing only, it is educate ourselves. Knowledge is power.

  8. Elizabeth O. says:

    I could not hate trolls more these days. They definitely have ruined social media for me. What they’re doing is tasteless and insulting. They spread so much hate!

  9. Audio and olfactory methods are both great in dealing with anxiety.
    Trolling reminds me of its close relative – bullying.

  10. It’s amazing how many trolls there are out there. No mate what you are reading, a post written by you or someone simply asking a question. Whether its a political article or anything for that matter..trolls everywhere! i need to read the rest of this article bc there is a lot of anxiety in this world we live in.

  11. I definitely have noticed how common trolls are these days. Wish we could clean this world up a bit!

  12. Cindy Gordon says:

    I wish the internet and people in general weren’t so abrasive anymore. There’s no reason to have so many trolls.

  13. Beeb Ashcroft says:

    You are so right! I wish our government would spend less time bullying and more time doing their job.

  14. I have heard a lot about trolls here recently. I guess you could say they are worse than hackers. I hate that the internet has to be full of people doing bad things to good people. That’s just awful.

  15. Kristi says:

    I have stopped reading so many of the things I used to because it’s hard to get through some of the yucky stuff out there. Hope it will go back to the old days, but i’m doubtful.

  16. Our Family World says:

    It is upsetting to turn on the TV to watch the news and all you see is violence, discord, and misunderstanding. I even unfollowed some friends because of their strong opinions about issues we face. I can only hope that things would be better.

  17. The anonymity of the internet certainly makes the lives of trolls easier. It’s quite frustrating how people can drum up such hate and anger. It’s one of the reasons I rarely watch or read the news anymore.

  18. Amber Faith says:

    People don’t think that there will be any consequences for their words ‘spoken’ online. They say them as if there’s not another human being on the other side of the screen.

  19. My Teen Guide says:

    Technology has made it easier to spread hate and discord. I wish these trolls would get a life! I am saddened that this is the kind of world the kids today have to grow up in. Not fair.

  20. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    It is so upsetting that these trolls just sprouted like mushrooms on a rainy day. I even “unfollowed” some friends because I do not want any of their strongly opinionated posts in my news feed.

  21. Amanda Love says:

    Trolls are everywhere these days and it gets tiring having to read their opinions and comments. I have stopped checking social media sites because of those trolls. They definitely ruined everything.

  22. It’s so sad that not only do our children have to grow up with bullies, but now they also have to worry about interent trolls.

  23. blair villanueva says:

    The world and people are becoming less meaningful. And this trolling phenomenon is shitting us. However, its part of the current situation and its up to us how to survive… Or many turn it into something $$$

  24. krystal says:

    I work in social media so I deal with trolls often. It is crazy!

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