– a mythical, cave-dwelling being depicted in folklore as either a giant or a dwarf, typically having a very ugly appearance.
The following image is reminiscent of my memory of the troll from the stories I read in childhood.
Then came the internet…
– In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.
As a blogger and a person who uses social media, I should expect the occasional troll.
I had a relative (by marriage) post a nasty remark on one of my photos on Facebook. He has since unfriended me but his post remains forever attached to my Facebook profile – because I choose not to delete the comment.
I have posted in anonymous internet forums in which others attempt to insult me and seem to think they know me – but they haven’t a clue to my identity. Their attacks sometimes amuse me.
My Frauds and Scams blog recently attracted a troll who thought I should stop writing about scammers and posted the following:
*Anyone who is unemployed but wastes their time creating blog posts like this deserves to be scammed to the fullest extent. Get a job or go to school if your husband won’t support you. Clown.”
Such a lovely comment, isn’t it?
The comment stung just a bit. And for just a moment. But I did what I usually do when I receive this kind of comment. I approved and posted it.
The rest of the internet can now see the mean-spiritedness and lack of character of the person attached to the gravatar or username. It’s not easy to hide under a bridge on the internet.