It’s not Saturday, and it’s only kind of an apology

by illimitableoceanofinexplicability

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Saturday Apology

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Sorry I haven’t been around, I’ve been out being called a ‘troll’. That’s right! Can you believe it? I couldn’t. In my day (long ago, you know, as Archie Bunker sang, “when men were men”) trolling was known as ‘calling someone on their shit’. It was expected, and while it could very well result in a sock in the nose, no one made it out to be some horrible offense that must be stopped, it just made you a “prick” in the eyes of the person who didn’t like their shit being called out.

Have a look

Here’s the definition of ‘trolling’ from the Urban Dictionary:

“Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it’s the internet and, hey, you can.”

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I don’t know if the kids say this anymore, but, in keeping with the Urban Dictionary, I have to say, that definition is ‘weak sauce’. “Innocent by-stander”, really? Someone is just innocently going on their way through the comments section, and is accosted by a “cynical or sarcastic remark”? Ha, ha, ha! Quick, get Human Rights Watch on the phone! Where’s Amnesty International when we need them? Listen, some people aren’t going to agree with you, some who are good at making an argument, but aren’t at all emotionally involved in the subject, are going to challenge you because, like the definition says, “hey, you can”. If the person doing this can only call you names and, or string together profanities then you can scream “troll” all you want! But, don’t go whining about people calling you on your shit. Instead, try it yourself! Do it! Call someone on their shit! If it’s posted publicly it’s fair game. That’s the internet, it’s like the old west, and you’re either one of the cowering townsfolk or a pale rider wreaking vengeance upon the nonsense. Remember though, don’t do a half assed job of it, try to avoid profanity unless it’s essential, and for God’s sake, show some pride in your work!

keep on trolling!

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