Trolls! Get a life!

It has been few days since I wanted to write something. But a recent discussion among friends had put me off from writing this for so long. I suck at English. No it is not my first language but in the part of the world I live, making mistakes in grammar or punctuation leads people to judge me and invariable affects my *whatever,* as I blog in English. I have typed this in MS Word and removed all the red and green lines per the suggestion it gave. So if you find any grammatical mistakes or punctuation mistakes, blame it on Bill Gates and his bunch of developers.

Aah! Done with disclaimer. Now we can go into the actual post. As a family we used to talk a lot. Listening to my father after Sunday dinner is a treat. He used to tell us about the problems that the suppressed class had to go through in their times and sometimes he would say that he is pleased to see that a generation which is fully educated forgot all those differences and move together freely than ever before.

I always believed my father. We all do right? I also thought education brought in lot of changes and people put their differences behind and rub shoulders without any ego. How wrong we were? And with the advent of Facebook, twitter and other social media platforms it slaps across my face that it has taken a new form.

People have grown to be intolerant, self centered and egoistic because of their belief of unique thought process. Anything said and done by people who they think are intellectually inferior to them are trolled. Trolling is a safe bet. If you ask them to correct their mistakes there is chance that they take you seriously and get better than you. If you ignore, somebody else may help them and make them a better thinker or writer or whatever they are. People troll them. Make them feel inferior about what they had expressed. Its easy to say ignore them and move forward. But when three people gang up against a person and continuously troll him/her it breaks something inside him/her. I believe this is the worst form of harassment.

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And if nothing works out people, one of these gang members puts a status indirectly pointing some mistake or shortcoming of the person. The others in the gang join the party in comments or twitter conversations. They won’t name anyone. But the thread will go on and on and make sure it will appear on concerned person’s feed. Now you can ask, why a harmless status message is a problem? Isn’t this a democratic country? Yes. But if only a gang is going to comment again and again then it would be better to have it in a group chat or private conversation right? If that is hurting some person, is it still right?

Surprisingly all these people would have been well educated, well read and have good interpersonal relationship with a set of people. But when they have problem with a particular person, that is all. I can’t even believe the level they stoop down to have this cheap pleasure. I asked myself and spent time in introspection and took time to explore my own Facebook timeline to see if I had trolled anyone. I have. I am ashamed. Even there were few comments sometime had hurt people in a group that I am a member of. But thankfully I had some sensible friends who took it as a responsibility to correct me. I understood and made few calls to apologize. I am amazed to see how may people, even after I had inflicted verbal damage, were ready to forgive and forget. I am thankful to them too.

One can read so much and have so much talent in various aspects. We can sing, dance and write perfectly. We can have a good job, perfect girl friend/wife, great friends and awesome beer. But with all these, if one chose to spend their time trolling, they will be left with nothing other than their beer. Because you know, beer is man’s best friend.

Have you been a victim or trolling? How did you react or overcome it? Help me understand what runs in your mind when you know that you are being targeted by a bunch of morons but could do nothing about it. I am all ears.

P.S: Please do not comment, “wow” “nice” “excellent thought process” and all. Because it may mislead people who come and read the post. I do not understand why people chose to read the comments before the post itself. But still, dont make the post smell good and give a stale taste while taking a bite. Be a responsible commentor. Thank You.

Comments

  1. மதுரக்காரன்

    //But when three people gang up against a person and continuously troll him/her it breaks something inside him/her. I believe this is the worst form of harassment.//

    Even I went back and checked if I had done it as you had. I too have. Though I did not know the implications, I now understand how hurting it must have been. Good one Prasanna.

  2. Destination Infinity

    You should try one thing – Go to a feminist blog and try to tell something that is directly in opposition to what the author/commenters are saying.

    There are two types of trolls – Rational & Irrational. Since I don’t generally sugar-coat my comments, I face both types sometimes.

    Facing the former is good – it will enable us to understand the topic better, look deeper at the opposite point of view and develop a broader perspective. I suggest people to get into arguments with this type of trolls.

    It is the irrational trolls (who to it for the fun of it (or) to insult others (or) just to take out their frustration on someone else) that is, well… not bad – but just a time waste. I don’t let such people remain in my friend list.

    This indirect attacking is something new to me – Either it never happened or I didn’t notice these things. But if people don’t have the guts to talk directly, they have already lost the battle. In their minds.

    Destination Infinity

    1. Bragadeesh Prasanna

      Boss.. Why this kolaveri? I know what happens when going there. Your last sentence nails it. They have already lost it 🙂

  3. ganeshputtu

    there is a difference between chumma otradhu and vicious trolling…i know its a fine line to walk and most people confuse the two….but when you meet them both- you would know the difference

    1. Bragadeesh Prasanna

      Very true. I am not against otradhu. But going towards an extent to shame people in public? I dont know. See since they dont name people in tweets and status, there are chances that multiple people thinking its about them. Sad it is. And when asked they hide behind this chumma otting people and ask “are they not doing it?”

  4. sharu4ever

    There couldn’t have been a better person to comment on this post than me. 🙂 Ever been trolled? Lol. How about always? My college life was such a disaster that I wouldn’t even wish it for my worst enemy. (Nah, I might ! ) I cry. I break. I shatter. But it had only made me stronger with the support of few good hearts. Now it’s more like.. Touch me and You’ll die B-) 😉

    1. Bragadeesh Prasanna

      I am sorry about your college life. Most of the people say its the best period of their life and thanks for coming out of that and I like that touch me and you’ll die attitude. :). Thanks for the comment

  5. Tinytoes

    Trolled? I ve to count on the days which i haven’t been trolled as i would be easy… Trolling sure makes the people and the situation more worse and people might even troll for it saying women are always sensible… If people can help and correct the fellow being its well and good if not they could just not drop in just coz to troll where they find an immense pleasure out of it… Hope they should just get a life instead of trolling over others which is none of their damn business… Though u have mentioned i cant just go without saying this as a “Nice” post 🙂

  6. mahesh

    For the love of God please update your English blog – this blog regularly – naan prasanna – naan prasanna nu naan sapidra madhiri post after post on the tamizh blog! Yenna nadakadhu – kadupu ethadinga my lord 🙂

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