Since we’ve moved onto the virtual universe, people have started cloaking themselves in anonymity in the same way tailgating lunatics do on the freeway.
A new culture has emerged: the troll and his (or her) troll bait. He (or she) aims to whup folks into a fury by purposefully posting heinous, aggravating opinions.
And there’s some amount of internet coolness to be gained by recognizing said trolls and not feeding them.
But here’s the thing: there really are people who express the heinous opinions that trolls keyboard out from within the safe confines of their mother’s basements, and how do we respond to them without looking like a bunch of dolts that are falling into a trap?
Ultimately, whenever someone expresses a truly obnoxious opinion, we drop it before anyone accuses us of being the idiot falling for the trap.
So they’re left unchallenged. Is this inching our discourse into the realm of lunacy?