The volatile life cycle of mutable online communities, which once rivaled an adorable puppy yapping to fraternity members of XYZ house, the five “w’s” of the keg party and with an assortment of provocative images, has degraded into a callous middle-aged living room activist groveling about the rent hikes induced by an influx of H1-B visa workers, between fits of screaming and ranting raw vitriol bordering on the pathological. It’s just that bad.
As the major players of the social network empire face ongoing scrutiny lathered with the smudge composed of accusations that agents of foreign powers infest the deepest platform layers in attempting to dilute the political process, users endure the ceaseless adoption of inconsistent community facilitated by the billionaires at the top of the pyramid. The resulting landscape is a tattered desolate wasteland with a prevalence of toxic bias, an environment perfectly suited for Al Gore and his legion of climate alarmists/industrialists, and of course the trolls. Oh yes, the hedonistic and gregarious sociopaths and purveyors of four-letter laden diatribes and cryptic death threats, carefully worded as to not pique the interest of the local prosecutor in conjuring assault charges, the colorful insults infesting comment boards, feeds, and electronic walls. (Sports Illustrated features this sobering and telling article the ominous lifestyle and psychology of the most heinous internet trolls.)
And there’s absolutely zero accountability, a chilling notion measured on the kelvin temperature scale, with consequences absent due to the prevaricating environment of hypocrisy spawned by the decentralized nature of the entire realm of the internet. As long as it happens within the confines of server matrices, code and processors, then everything is hunky-dory. Unless of course, the agenda does not fit the narrative of the moderator.
The latest victim in this crazed world of purposefully ambiguous “term and conditions”, and the capricious enforcement of community standards that wildly fluctuate with the fervor of the trending news cycle, is NRA spokeswomen Dana Loesch.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that a rather crude and threatening comment towards the family of Loesch, specifically her children, was saved from being erased from digital history by the thought police of Twitter, and the author of the retched remark, can continued to thrive and troll between spending quality time with his precocious ferret “Pat”, in celebration of a perfect linear world, free from reason and repercussion, and devising the best recipe for invading the privacy of the woman at the grocery store, who turned him down for a date.
Apparently, suggesting that the murder of children will enhance a perspective, is not hate speech or abuse, if the person the comment is directed at has political beliefs that lean to the right of center. Loesch’s husband received a form email in response to concerns regarding the comment, alerting the family that no community standards were violated. “Nothing to see here. It’s all good. Thank you for your concern. We’re not sorry.” And the guy who wrote the disturbing tweet is given a medal and free reign to troll, again, and again, and again. An idea for a tee-shirt slogan- “Twitter, where trolls roam free and conservatives disappear”. Or- “Twitter, the only domain where trolls are liked.”
What a shortsighted interpretation of policy in a multi-billion dollar experiment, which may be nearing the end of its lifespan. The fine folks at Twitter would probably moderate my last statement, as I may have allegedly insinuated a negatively aggressive tone towards digital entities.
In the sick and twisted game of semantics employed by the tech world, suggesting the concept of murder in context with a person’s kids is acceptable, but a comment featuring the likes of “I want to murder you,” would be moderated? Disturbingly, this happens thousands of times per day, as on one hand social networks follow the First Amendment, yet on the other hand, banishes any content that does not adhere to a specific directive. Add the droves of boundless trolls to this factor, and the subsequent intolerable and noxious mixture, threatens the basic constructs of sanity.
Recently, the runner-up to F***book as the most egregious social network, was publicly lambasted for deliberately blocking the search function in locating prominent conservative accounts. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was even quoted following the controversy in an interview on CNN, that in fact social media has a left-leaning bias. Anti-conservative. Check. Anti-firearm. Check. Anti-freedom. Check.
So the indiscretions towards Loesch and her family, should not comes as a surprise, but a wake up call to all of America, who did not jump ship after the F***book and Cambridge Analytica theatrics, that no reasonable person actually needs to have their head buried in the phone and exposure to incessant and vulgar commentary of the juvenile posing as an adult, with his mom living in his basement.
Again, what other purpose does a prolific online community serve, other than reengineering in dominating the world, and banking a few hundred billions, before the complete annihilation of freedom? It’s time to throw out the nearly expired jar of mayonnaise.
“If there is hope, it lies in the trolls”, sorry, “proles.” Another crappy tee-shirt slogan.
Read the Washington Free Beacon story here.