From my one to one with Mr. Solen Feyissa last week, I learned that the term for internet haters is 'trolls". So I typed it on google to see what results came out. I found this article, as short as it was, made me disgusted and just confused by how and why trolls are the way they are. Here is an example from the article of what the trolls said about Adele's (pop singer) baby boy who was recently born...
One troll said,
"Adele's baby should be killed because it will be "fat and disabled".
The user told 4,000 followers: "Aw Adele gave birth to a baby. Is it fat and handicapped lol? Just murder it already lol."
Apparently, "loads more Twitter users 'joked' that Adele would suffer post natal depression and therefore have plenty more 'material' for her next album."
I thought the case of Kristen Stewart I posted last week was bad, but this is about a baby. A baby, who done nothing wrong... who was born into the world where not even a week old, he is being hated by people...... Why? For what?
It is just amazing how far trolls would take it to the extreme. I feel they are just cowards, cowards who cannot say such things in real life. I wonder what would happen if a troll actually got in an argument with another troll online. Would that help the trolls to understand how futile this circle of unjustified hatred is? Or would it not solve anything at all?
Education seemed to be (from my research so far) the cure or answer or mild sedative to these troll syndrome. I wonder what would happen in real life if trolls were put in a jury duty. What would happen to the verdict? I also wonder what the motives are for trolls when they vote/if they vote. Would they vote between the two presidential candidates basing on hatred? Or just for fun?
I wonder if trolls are actually a phase. Perhaps it would be interesting to find out about the typical age of internet trolls. If they are mostly adolescents, would they grow out of the phase? What would happen to an adolescent if he performed an act of trolling and got caught by the school principle and thus the entire school found out about his misdeed? Would the school publicly criticize him, making him an outcast? Or due to bad trend in high school community, would the high school students revere him?
Back to the issue, this is a baby we are talking about. Just hating on a baby I feel is just beyond stupidity or ignorance. There has to be a new word to describe this atrocious act. Perhaps trolls should be hurt themselves to realize the pain that they caused.
I just wonder about how this society, more attention is given when people fail... celebrity magazines always focus on rumor-worthy materials which many of the times are rumors of cheating, plastic surgery, etc. Could it be that the whole reason why trolls exist is because there is a subtle trend in USA that focus on finding and blaming people's faults? If this trend were to change to seeking gifts and values and searching for strengths, would things improve?
To end this post, I just feel somehow that internet trolls are just simply desperate for attention, they are desperate to make rumors about other people's lives because there is hardly anything worthy or noble to talk about their own lives.
I feel my research is getting more and more interesting.