Dem Trollin’ Bones
I guess it’s sort of a good thing that we can’t talk about certain topics (like Amazon, or the way people are individuals but in general there are differences between male humans and female humans) without having a troll or two drop by, often with a brand new user handle and an IP address that seems suspiciously… familiar, somehow.
This week it was Amanda’s turn – she had the temerity to suggest that Amazon was a good thing. Um. DUH. Speaking as someone who first found Amazon while I was living in Australia, I can say that Amazon was and is a lifesaver. Books in Australia cost usually more than double the US list price (It’s usually explained as a function of “the exchange rate”, but funnily enough when the Australian dollar was worth more than the US dollar, books did not drop their price one cent), and it’s usually cheaper for Aussies to buy a batch of books from Amazon and pay the cheapest shipping rate. Not to mention at the time maybe 20% of books published in the US found their way to Australian bookstores, so as often as not the Amazon purchases were of books that couldn’t be found in Australia unless you had the $$$ to fly to Melbourne or Sydney (Brisbane later gained its own SFF bookstore that imports from the US) and spend a small fortune there. Then pay excess baggage fees to get back home.
But I digress. Amanda’s twollie-wollie showed a strangely familiar style, wandering in with a snarky one-liner that had possibly negative relevance to the discussion at hand, and proceeded to follow up with more snarky one-liners showing even less connection to the topic, much less to reality. I’d swear this was one that got banished under a different name after multiple warnings and trying to claim that its views were more relevant than someone else’s because – and I quote “I’m more Asian than he is.”
Now, it’s possible that they teach this style of drive-by trolling somewhere, and our latest ickle twollie-wollie is merely a student of our former friend who thinks validity is measured in percentage of ancestry of a particular flavor. I’ve seen weirder things taught. I’ve even in my never-to-be-former-enough days as a teacher been drafted into teaching some of them (trust me, high school Agricultural Science as taught in the far north of Queensland is pretty darn weird). However, it seems to me that there’s a basic modus operandi in place here (that’s method of operation for those of you too lazy to copy/paste into Google Translate and who don’t know basic Latin… all two of you?).
All our ickle twollie-wollies come here with this strange idea that if they say nasty things we’ll wilt and let them have their way. The poor dears always seem taken aback when their arguments – if they produce any – are dissected, sometimes clinically, sometimes with evil glee (yes, I know. I’ve given up trying not to be evil. It’s better for my blood pressure). Twollie-wollie school must be terribly difficult for the poor things, the way it has to inculcate the ability to recognize a point they can work without ever teaching the poor ickle darlings anything resembling logic (formal or otherwise) or reasoning. Some of the weaker specimens have been known to flee screaming when presented with facts.
Most don’t: facts inspire what is known (for the benefit of any twollie-wollies who happen to be drifting past) as ad hominem, otherwise known as insulting the person instead of discussing the topic. I’ve seen other places where people get all flustered and angry when this happens. I personally find it hilarious, and step up my troll-baiting games. I may be a bit perverse in enjoying playing with trolls, but hey, I lead a busy life and a gal’s gotta have some fun. Besides, I’ve worked in places where the words “fuck” and “cunt” will be used in every part of speech imaginable (and some that aren’t), often all in the same sentence. Yes, it is possible for “The fucking fuck won’t fuck!” to be an understandable and meaningful sentence. I’ve heard it. Name-calling is pretty tame after that. (Also when you know exactly what severed finger looks like, because, yes, I’ve seen that too. I’m not going to say I’m unshockable because I know there are folks here who’ll take this as a challenge, but it takes a lot.)
The whole point seems to be to shout down anything resembling polite, reasoned discourse so that the only view that comes across is the one the school for aspiring twollie-wollies says is the correct one. Of course, it takes a special kind of stupid to try this on a writing blog that calls itself the Mad Genius Club, but they apparently don’t do intelligence tests in the admission process. In fact, from what I’ve seen, the only criteria are oodles of spare time (to spam the offending blogs with comments while its owners are out earning an honest (nominally) living) and the kind of pig-headed stubbornness that sees “You’re beneath contempt.” as a win.
The truly sad thing is that these poor ickle twollie-wollies were once people who could have become decent humans. Instead they fell for the lies of those who think they’re better than the rest of us, and turned themselves into the sad, pale things that shun the daylight they’ve become.
They need to remember this: we know what we’re doing. The only reason we have not tracked them down and exposed them for all to see (I’m sure their friends and families would just love to know what they do in their free time) is that we are decent people. We don’t do that kind of thing.
Until we think it’s needful. Then we leave no survivors.