The Kansas City Star had an interesting piece Sunday about Internet trolls and “sadists. It was titled, “New research finds that many Internet trolls are ‘everyday sadists’ who feed on suffering.”
After I read it, all I could think about was finally, the insanity of vile, evil, anonymous, fake-name comments has come to the surface. Turns out a Canadian research team has been mulling over the data from these commenters who regularly attack individuals who write stories or make the Facebook posts, with little to no comment about the story itself.
The research team refers to them as “everyday sadists” or more pleasantly, trolls. The Star story says, “Anyone who’s ever encountered Internet trolls, those vile, racist, sexist and often profane people who gorge themselves on others’ misery, might have concluded they are psychologically disturbed.’
The Star interviewed conservative KMBZ talk radio personality Darla Jaye about these kind of commenters.
“It happens every night,” Jaye said. “I get stuff on the text line all the time where people swear at me and call me the foulest names. … It’s easy to throw something out there when you’re anonymous. That’s the thing about the Internet, especially about trolls. Most of these people are cowards.”
I find it most interesting that researchers and radio personalities use the same terms for these crazies I’ve used.
Calling anonymous, fake-name commenters cowards is appropriate.
And nothing the blogger or columnist can say or defend with proven facts ever changes these crazy’s minds. I like to call them haters – people who hate for no real reason.
A recent example for me came when a couple of them who called me every name under the sun in order to get me to meet them at a designated time and place to duke it out.
Knowing either way it went, I’d be attacked. But even after my showing up and being the braver person – and showing some integrity – they called me a fool and asked me why I didn’t get that it was a joke.
Of course, had I not shown up I would have been called a coward and a blowhard. So obviously there’s no winning.
Of course, there have been many other attacks on everything about me from my age and my hair to the women I choose to date. On and on these gutless characters carry on, ad nauseam.
Look, I think you all know that I don’t mind people disagreeing with what I write. Having a different opinion is totally fine.
Their research also indicates that the higher the profile the individual being bagged on, the more the ‘trolls’ respond.
Clearly eliminating fake-names and anonymous comments would slow this down dramatically.
We’re dealing with sadists, after all. Sadists of a very particular order. Here’s psychologist Erin Buckels take:
“We use the term ‘everyday sadist’ to emphasize that we are referring to sub-clinical levels of sadism, and not the more extreme forms that are seen in serial killers and criminals,” Buckels recently wrote.
“The essential aspect of sadism,” she told the Star, “is enjoyment of cruelty. Persons high in sadism gain some emotional benefit from causing or simply observing others’ suffering.”
I’m sure we’ll continue to hear from these losers in the comment section below and/or in the near future.
So you know, bring it!