This subject seems quite a thorny one, not the reasons or issues behind it, but that it is quite difficult and impossible to resolve if or when the problem arises, as that’s what is at stake.
First off, it would be conducive to explain why I thought about writing about this. Well, it comes from being a member of a forum where I frequently visit because I like to see what’s going on, particularly if anything noteworthy or interesting has, or if there is anything else in particular. There is also a chat room, so I like to chat with a few members I’ve made friends with over the years and to see or follow them chat with someone else. It’s an immediate, on the spot chat, so it’s almost like chatting as though you were chatting with someone you are with except via a keyboard.
Like some of these sites, they do seem to attract all sorts of people from varied backgrounds and attitudes, and so on, so it isn’t without it’s problems which can result in the ineffective in terms of cross-bridging or filling gaps in communication and or differences and hogging the whole show or point of view being expressed. Most, though, due to a false sense of superiority which also comes from a false complexion of isolation, prefer to engage in blogging or discussing which makes the chat aspect suffer somewhat.
And it has, and still is, attracting the odd troll…
Watching the behaviour of one particular person, not to mention he’s been banned several times, and has just been again which prompted this post, but keeps on coming back with a new account ID, and even with an extra account to back up a main one, has been a learning curve for me; gauging how and why these people operate in the way they do; their patterns of behaviour, ways of thinking, and such.
How do they operate? Simple. They attack others, call them names, mock them, ridicule them, put them down; to spread as much conflict, hatred and division and intimidation where possible, and also to take sides with other members who aren’t engaged or as friendly with others. It can really get quite chaotic and destructive, and unless you have enough self-control, or better, equilibrium, it’s difficult not to get angry and end up doing precisely what they themselves are doing which is exactly their intent – making the problem worse instead of containing it.
So, what is the reason for all this? Again, simple, if you are attentive to it or like to use your mind to explore why it is happening, or the nature of trollism, and even engage with a member who thinks and feels the same way as you do, it isn’t difficult to figure out why. You don’t need a degree in sociology or psychology to understand the damaging result or effects of what? And I’m no expert.
Society in a cultural context is responsible, of course; those complex relationships and inter-relationships, disconnectivity each of us have towards each other, and are subjected to on a daily basis that have and do form it, and how it works, and how it never wavers, or how, according to J. Krishnamurti, it is highly structured, static or inflexible, so is therefore disintegrating, even more so these days. If it went the opposite way or became flexible, trolls might never materialise, so in a way it defeats its own purpose – by creating disharmony, but that is it’s underlying intent…
To spread division and control: one person or persons controlling or dominating another set, to bracket people as success stories or failure stories, somebody’s versus nobody’s, winners versus losers, which invite innumerable hurts, and so on, to make some people feel they belong while making others feel they don’t. The complexity goes on and on…
So, it’s no wonder some people become incurably wounded by dysfunctionality or low self-esteem, feeling socially excluded, and extend this to internet forum sites. It wouldn’t be so bad if these people could be courageous enough to admit they have a psychological problem or come to terms with themselves, what Dr. Brene Browne calls overcoming the ‘shame’ obstacle, but sadly, they don’t because they don’t have enough – if any – thing to resolve the distorted effects that come from where? Their ego or sense of self which they have been prevented from nurturing because of what I would call a ‘stonewalled’ struggle to fit in. And why don’t the sociological and psychological institutional structures do enough to address these issues?
Is it because, structurally, they are part of the same social framework, pattern, or apparatus itself, are hopelessly limited or inadequate, or don’t have the time, the patience, the inkling, or even the knowhow to deal with it?
And what do you expect? Or why do trolls emerge? Precisely because of a world structure or view that is based on broken relationships and lack of wholeness; based on a sense self – or ‘me, myself and I.’
The powers that be, emanating right through the social scale, couldn’t give a damn, really, unless you happen to be someone on an individual basis who has compassion, empathy, knowhow, who seriously does care.