For those who want the insider POV of a troll: 4 Things I Learned About Teenage Trolls (From Being One)
Internet trolling is officially mainstream now. Trolls haven’t been in the media this much since those action figures of naked old people with rainbow hair inexplicably became all the rage the ’90s. It seems like every month it’s something new, from leaking stolen celebrity nudes, to harassing the families of suicide victims, to tricking teen girls into cutting themselves, to trying to drive transgender people to mass suicide, to divulging murder photos before the police even find the victim, to kick-starting a righteous crusade for gaming ethics. Part of me wants to tell the little scamps to turn off their computers and then set them on fire, but I have no right to say that … because I, too, was a teenage troll.
If you’d prefer to look at the results instead: Why Pulling ‘The Interview’ Proves We’ve All Become Cowards
Sony was hacked, a bunch of embarrassing out-of-touch-rich-executive emails were shared with the world, and for one brief second North Korean sympathizers actually made the world a better place.
Then those same anonymous sources threatened mass murder if the film opened. Theaters began pulling out like a bunch of condomless teenagers and, ultimately, Sony canceled The Interview’s release. New Regency followed by canceling an upcoming Steve Carell film about North Korea, and it’s become abundantly clear that we won’t see any movies set in that country for a long, long time.
All this may seem like a sudden burst of crazy brought on by the Sony hack, but it’s really just the culmination of years’ worth of wussing out.
People make (most often) empty threats and we keep caving in. Authorities are too busy killing unarmed people on the streets, as well as torturing and/or bombing people abroad, to do anything about it. So you don’t need a gun or a bomb anymore to cause mayhem. You just need to claim via twitter that you have one. You don’t even have to be on the same continent.
Heath Ledger’s Joker has won.