Daily Archives: June 28, 2011

Why you should never feed the trolls

From time to time I talk to people about trolls, and among other things, there is a frustration and desire to do something about righting the wrong caused by trolls. I know, partially from my own experience, that that is wrong and you must follow one of the main guidelines of social media: Don’t Feed the Trolls.

An example of that can be seen here in this interview with this horrible woman known as Tamtampamela (Exclusive: The Japan Quake YouTube Troll Explains Herself – Technology – The Atlantic Wire).

What does she say?

“This is going to make me sound like a really bad person,” she began. “But I was kind of excited that all these people were angry because I am a troll and I enjoy getting a reaction out of people.”

Reaction is exactly what she got.

First off, it makes her sound like a bad person because she is a bad person. She would merely be an unknown loser if it wasn’t because she managed to get so many people riled up because they took her to be sincere but messed up. Instead, she’s a borderline sociopath. She has no guilt or remorse or doubt about any of the things she did. You could argue with her in her troll role and it would not have made a difference. Worse, you would have been just adding fuel to the troll’s bonfire. Best to let it go cold and let her and her kind be.

I watched a couple of her videos part way, and the visceral reaction I had for the first one was rage. Then I skipped over to the second one and laughed and thought: troll. Sure enough, she was. And I stopped watching her and laughed her off.

I do think she is a good vaccine for people who believe you can fight trolls and win. You can’t. Read about her and you should see why.

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