I suppose it was only a matter of time before I was going to have to deal with the Internet scourge known as the Troll.
The Urban Dictionary defines troll as:
1. The act of purposefully antagonizing other people on the internet, generally on message boards. When done in a moderated internet community, this can result in banning.
2. To use the internet to start problems, insult, or hurt others. An action that only usually affects the person trolling. Usually a very bored, lonely person with no friends. Or a punk ass kid.
3. 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.
Internet trolls generally engage in this particular sort of behavior because of the relative anonymity and "safety" of being able to run their mouths from behind their computer keyboard without fear of retribution, or a good old-fashioned ass-kicking from the person they are directing their attack at.
Most of us have come across these subhumans from time to time on the internet. They're everywhere, and therefore pretty hard to avoid. Since the vast majority of my readers are either people I already know, and have known for years, or are people who find this blog through an internet search for images or relevant keywords, I've had the pleasure of not having to deal with any trolls here.
There's a good chance that's about to change.
Even though I relocated to Minnesota a little over a year ago, most of you are aware that I still keep close ties with friends, in addition to business and political contacts in the Western New York region... specifically the City of Buffalo, which I still refer to as home. It makes perfect sense to do this, since I will eventually be returning to Buffalo to live again. Those of you in the know are aware that I even kept my 716 cell phone as my primary contact number.
Since my relocation, I have used the internet to keep abreast of what's happening back in Buffalo. I use the Buffalo News website to keep up on some of what's happening at home, along with the Artvoice website to follow my actor, artist, and musician friends, and the Buffalo Rising website for news and discussion of relevant, city-centric topics.
It was on the Buffalo Rising website of all places that I have encountered the most vicious and on some level amusing subset of the troll subspecies.
More often than not, I ignore these basement-dwellers since they need the negative energy they create by their presence to survive. It goes without saying that some of them get a sort of strange sexual gratification from the "power" they feel that stems from their ability to say whatever they like, to whomever they like without being held accountable for their words. Often, these individuals were picked on or bullied as children, and they feel that the internet gives them their chance to finally be the "tough guy".
Case in point:
Over the last couple of weeks, I have involved myself in a few discussion threads on the Buffalo Rising website, specifically the story about the Spaulding Lake-style McMansion monstrosity that someone has decided to build at 186 Middlesex Road, and the one about City Councilman-turned-criminal Brian Davis.
For the purpose of this blog, Misplaced will concentrate on the Councilman Davis story.
To bring those unaware of that particular situation up to speed, on November 13th 2009 Ellicott District Councilman Davis entered a guilty plea to misdemeanor criminal charges, admitting that he had used campaign funds for personal expenses. Davis, in a startling display of audacity informed the public, through his attorney that he intended to stay in office.
This isn't the first time there has been trouble laid at the feet of Councilman Davis. Investigations by the Buffalo News, have shown that the college degree that the Councilman claimed to have was non-existent, has unpaid taxes, and his driver's license has been repeatedly suspended for non-payment of insurance.
This of course sparked a lively discussion on the Buffalo Rising website, as evidenced by the comments left by some of the users:
And so on...
Comments like the ones above led to this comment being left:
At this point, I weighed in:
Which led to the arrival of the troll:
Those who know me, know that it was ON at that point:
To which he or she replied:
The definition of "tatty" is:
Somewhat worn, shabby, or dilapidated.
Worn? Shabby?? Dilapidated???
I think not. The number of page views I get here attests to that.
"Literal ego explosion"??
"God's gift to blogspot"???
I will say this for sonyactivision... he seems to understand greatness when he reads it.
Of course, I had to help him get his rocks off by responding:
So it seems that sonyactivision (pictured at top) is so jealous of my military service, graduate school education, business acumen, potential as a viable political candidate, and web presence, that he feels the need to focus his attention on me, in the hopes that he can either:
1. Draw me into a flamewar, which is what all trolls live for.
2. Chase me away. (Yeah... THAT'S gonna happen)
3. Ride on my coattails to glory, because he secretly desires to be like me, and is probably furiously beating off to my photo as we speak.
So, sonyactivision, when you read this, (and we all know you will) feel free to leave a comment in response to what I've written above. But when you do so, I hope that you'll at least have the courage to create an account here, under the name sonyactivision, so we all know who you are, instead of hiding behind an "Anonymous" comment. If you're going to be a troll, be the BEST troll you can possibly be.
You fucking PUSSY.
Regular readers, see you tomorrow. Maybe that douchebag would like to be tomorrow's topic as well.