Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Dark Tetrad

Troll, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 2001

Every once in awhile an internet troll story goes viral, and that's precisely what happened earlier this week when former baseball pitching great Curt Schilling took down the trolls who dared mess with him and his daughter.  I agree completely with how Schilling handled this twisted scenario, especially him identifying the worst offenders, Sean MacDonald and Adam Nagel.  These young men have caused themselves a world of pain because the internet being what it is, this is never going to go away, and they are going to have to work long and hard to prove themselves better men than how they've portrayed themselves thus far.  Of course they have their defenders, other trolls insisting that the men were 'only joking', that last bastion of desperation.  Trolls don't joke, they insult and incite, and if they cross some line, whether legal or moral, they then can always claim to just be joking about raping and/or murdering someone.  The vast majority of trolls are men,  deeply psychologically disturbed men who delight in causing others pain.  At least they can't help but reveal themselves, they yearn to reveal themselves!  Well, anonymously, because if they are revealed for real, then they lose jobs, get kicked out of school, investigated by the police or FBI.  And they don't want that!  Heavens no!  It was all just a....joke.  Only now the joke's on them.  Still not a funny joke, but at least it is bitterly ironic.

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