Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Trolls, Words, Power (sounds like a story about wizards and warlocks to me)

The Troll Movement

PRESENTING: The Trolololol Song, Enjoy!


My earliest encounters with trolls, flamers, and flamebaiters were in the booming days of Internet Relayed Chat (IRC), including my web exploration of BB's (bulletin boards) and message boards. I have always and still remain a fence sitter on people engaged in composing statements designed to provoke and elicit emotional responses from readers and responsible online posters, simply because of the entertainment value of their activities when you simply decide to be a spectator. While certainly interactive online message posting and micro-blogging shouldn't be taken so seriously, I have to admit that there are sensitive and critical issues and topics relating to politics and society that should be handled with care and diligence. Inflammatory posts by people who intend them to merely draw attention to themselves, condescend, embarrass, or confuse their fellow netizens are just proving a simple fact that they are unable to bear and handle the responsibility of wielding any form of power once they are bestowed with it. Words are powerful tools, while bullets and explosives can tear the flesh of anyone within the range or radius of the source, words can influence a billion minds and stir a billion spirits. When people go to message boards and the comments sections of articles, they are in fact showing their willingness to know other people's insights and beliefs, while also tending to share their own to the world. Online readers are receptive in that sense, not to mention the fact that reading other people's compositions takes a lot more effort than merely listening to them talk. How we use these opportunities and the power that comes to dispensing our thoughts to a willing audience are reflective of how we appreciate the power of the instrument being bestowed upon us. Misusing the opportunity, if a person isn't mature enough to say his piece responsibly, is a travesty to the liberties offered by a free and noble society, more so when it is through a global medium like the Internet.

*Image from http://notjustbooksonline.com

This book is pretty old and it was first published in 1998.

Knowledge is a double-edged sword. It can set one free from ignorance and bring one closer to some truth (sensible realizations) or it can poison one's mind with paranoia or fear in monsters and boogeymen that aren't even there at all. Given a book like this, one should wonder how he would inevitably see the world after. I think these ideas and concepts are a biblical allusion of what the forbidden fruit, Eve and Adam messed around with, represented. Once known and processed by our minds, these can never be "un-known" and "un-learned". This liberation from ignorance might be a revealing experience indeed, but it might also leave people to be susceptible to imbuing all the actions, gestures, and ideas of their fellow men with malice.

Here's an excerpt from the book, which is actually a loaded quote from Honore de Balzac (1799-1850):

There are no principles; there are only events. There is no good and bad, there are only circumstances. The superior man espouses events and circumstances in order to guide them. If there were principles and fixed laws, nations would not change them as we change our shirts and a man can not be expected to be wiser than an entire nation.

This book is rated high on most book retailer sites, but the reactions by users/readers are mixed. Some are disgusted by what it is promoting, while others are reveling on their discoveries. I might as well consider this a clash between Jedi and the Dark Jedi in using the Force.

On a lighter note, Eddie Murphy's new movie is coming out soon, entitled A Thousand Words. It has some interesting premises and I've always liked Eddie's brand of comedy.


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