Trolling the Trolls
24 MARCH 2014
People who accuse others of being Trolls, are also exposed to the accusation of trolling themselves.
To be accused of being a "troll" is to be accused, according to About.com for example, of "anonymously purposely sowing hatred, bigotry, racism, misogyny", or to otherwise make the charge as so defined by Wikipedia.org, of being "an abusive or an obnoxious user ...... a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families."
Clearly, to be accused of being a troll is a very serious matter and if such an accusation has been made spuriously then that in itself amounts to cyber bullying.
So why have I twice been accused of being a Troll on Twitter and on both occasions by "Conservatives" that found their way onto my twitter feed. I am an infrequent Twitter user with just 62 followers. I did not seek their opinions. They came to me freely and put themselves and their bigoted points of view in my face.
The first example was a US Tea party supporter who found himself espousing an extremely ugly and bigoted view of welfare dependents, and liberal gun control to enable the shooting of "liberals" In tea party parlance a "liberal" is not Paddy Ashdown, but what McCarthy called a communist.
This very week George Galloway said on Russian TV News that Paddy Ashdown is technically a fascist and not a Liberal Demon.
When I responded on Twitter to Tea Party comments on my feed with equal candour expressing a contrary point of view, I was immediately described as a troll. Before too long a pack of rednecks gathered their collective bile and directed it at me on twitter, and all of them seemed eager to engage in meaningless laughter.
"ha ha ha ha ha ha" became their tweet of choice. "ha ha ha ha ha ha" is not actually an argument you can address with an argument. I was therefore forced to find my finest tweet of which I am most proud.
"You sir, would laugh at your own turd." I tweeted.
With that tweet I successfully silenced the Tea Party, All of them.
This week I was again accused of being a troll by the Tory of the year in Swansea, no less. She came to my Twitter feed because she wished to be recognised for her "hard work campaigning for a Conservative majority".
I advised the Tory of the year in Swansea with the tweet, "Don't give up the day job."
These six words apparently provoked the accusation that I was "anonymously purposely sowing hatred, bigotry, racism, and misogyny" or in other words she accused me of being a "troll."
The Tory of the year in Swansea turned out to be a young conservative woman from Swansea University who declined to respond to my last tweet and my brief question.
"No job then?"