Every year since the 2000 stolen election and subsequent mugging of America by the Oil Companies, Pharmaceutical Companies & Banks there have been more and more professional trolls on the internet. These are the people whose job it is to “game” the comments on websites and forums like The Huffington Post or Digg and on Yahoo and Google News. They have multiple accounts. All of them connected. And they all have a fucked-up and extreme right-wing agenda. They favorite each others comments and their own with their other accounts and always have the same snarky tone. The same let them die, every man for himself attitude that is pervasive on FOX News, at Tea Party Klan Rallies and at the Republican Debates. But I’m beginning to think they all work for the same PR firm. That they are all in the same call center. Just hiding their IP addresses so as not to raise any red flags. These are the ones changing Wikipedia entries for candidates or changing the tone of threads from a conversation to an all-caps scream fest.
But how do we know they exist?
First they will all have the same number of fans or friends who fave all of their comments. Usually just their other accounts and a couple of co-workers and their accounts. But the easiest way to spot them is by how short, how snarky and how well written their comments are in comparison to the other mouth-breathers.
Everyone knows that the right-wing is made up of the astonishingly ignorant & the filthy rich and that’s all. Anyone with any sense realizes that the right-wing has only the wealthiest American’s interest in mind behind all of their policies and their obstructionist tactics. They only gain followers through fear-mongering and xenophobia. To be poor, which is most of us at this point, and to be a Republican is to actually be working against your best interest. Making it harder for you and your family to get health care or a quality education or proper representation in government. So when you come across someone online with a modicum of intelligence but a conservative view-point, they’re probably just a paid commenter. In fact they’re probably the same paid commenter over and over again. And don’t try to argument your point with them because they’ll just move on to the next snarky comment or they will have changed to another account and gone to troll another blog or get under someone’s skin. They are not even interested in defending themselves or the views of their employers (or their clients).
The only other explanation for their disdain of society and other people would be their devotion to money, their worship of people with money and their belief that one day they will be rich through some combination of hitting the lottery, Destroying their neighbors & taking their stuff or pleasing their masters to the point that they share their wealth with them. These people fit squarely into the ignorant category. Way too many Americans hold on to an unrealistic dream of wealth and celebrity. A dream that should be replaced with a desire to be happy, which is easier to attain and a lot more satisfying.
They would say that they’re just trying to keep their jobs. And they may not even believe a word of the hate that they’re posting. But What these people need to understand is that they are part of the problem along with the police and politicians who are also just trying to keep their jobs by harassing protestors and defending corporate thieves or the TV producers trying to keep theirs by ignoring the real stories and promoting unhealthy aspirations in children by elevating vapid whores to iconic status.
One of the means by which we can live a good life or a peaceful life is to do something for a living that isn’t harming anyone, especially when you know better. And you do know better. “I have a family.” & “I have children.” are not reasons to do something evil, they are reasons not to. Things are tough all over but if the way you relieve your economic woes is by increasing the pain of others then you’re doing it wrong. You’re not just part of the problem. You are the fucking problem.