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Richard Bacon is coming for you:
I hope some of you were interviewed for the documentary...
(rather than as an inane telly/radio presenter). Unfortunately he's not very good at it.
when will these people leave our behemoths of British comedy alone!
I'm not sure if this really works. I'm leaving it.
I swooned a bit when I saw him IRL
I lived opposite him.
started typing something, thought - that's way too pissy and he doesn't REALLY bother me that much so tried to abandon reply and pressed post by mistable.
Ok? So you can all start respecting me again.
is a good mantra to follow.
you stupid shitfuck.
ha ha ha, she does
if you can't handle the freedom and openness that anonymity brings, maybe you should leave the internet and go back to the real world where people just think their awful thoughts instead of saying them.
which actually is fine, i just can't stand people who EXPECT the internet to conform to the social standards of the outside world because they were offended one time.
with people on telly who set out to expose & shame some anti-social group or other, especially when it's low-hanging fruit like internet trolls. On one hand: great, well done, these people are a blight on our society and deserve to be outed. On the other hand: the crusading white knight who sets out to expose them always comes off looking like a self-righteous dick.
E.g. that Louis Theroux thing where he ventures into the world of American neo-Nazis. At one point he goes to visit a prominent white supremacist leader at his home, goads the guy by telling him he's not as good-looking as Denzel Washington, the guy responds predictably by saying something about "that nigger", Theroux then looks pained & outraged and asks the guy please not to use that word in front of him. The guy says, "Buddy I'm in my own house and I'll use whatever word I want to use." Which is, of course, the Correct Answer.
Don't get me wrong, I'm against neo-Nazis. But at that moment in the documentary, I definitely think Theroux looks like the bigger twat.
I think there's a danger that the term 'trolling' is so overused now that it's come to be an umbrella term or buzzword for everything from a person being dismissive of someone or something (even just, for instance, a record on here) right up to and uncluding horrid, often racist or homophobic abuse.
It's potentially quite dangerous, in my opinion. We might use the term half-heartedly, but to those who don't use the internet quite so regularly and read stories in the press such as those about the idiot guilty of racially abusing people who've pulled him up on his remarks over Fabrice Muamba, the term 'troll' may be taken to specifically mean someone guilty of racist (or equally serious) abuse.
People should know that it's not okay to go peddling grossly offensive hatred, online or anywhere else, but i'm not sure the broad use, or incorrect useage of the words 'trolling' or 'troll' really does anything in a positive sense to make people aware of the severity of the worst types of online abuse, such as racism, homophobia or bullying.
"I've spent three months immersed in the world of cyberbullying and internet "trolling". Recently there has been a massive explosion of it."
well, no, there hasn't really, has there
"i've ultimately come face-to-face with two people who I believe are internet trolls"
"It's even more complex and darker than I ever imagined. Getting straightforward answers to simple questions from internet trolls is all but impossible."
over the last year or so the press have decided that stuff people say on Twitter is 'news'.
* In the most severe cases, sure, it might be.
there has recently been a MASSIVE EXPLOSION of this internet thing that i am writing about (coincidentally explosion occurred around the time i found out it existed and decided to write an article about it)