Thursday, March 1, 2007
Internet Trolls!.. watch out! your not welcome here!
So I now know what Trolling is - in reference to the internet! Wikipedia says:
"In Internet terminology, a troll is a person who enters an established community such as an online discussion forum and intentionally tries to cause disruption, often in the form of posting messages that are inflammatory, insulting, incorrect, inaccurate, absurd, or off-topic, with the intent of provoking a reaction from others."
I've also learned that the internet contains "communities", even established ones! Although these communities are public that doesn't neccessarily mean that you are welcome. They should have put that somewhere. I will state it here for everyones benefit- that should my blog become a community, not everyone will be welcome.
"Trolls can be existing members of a community that rarely post and often contribute no useful information to the thread, but instead make argumentative posts in an attempt to discredit another person..."
Wow! That's everybody on PunkOttawa.com! But to be honest I love a good discussion, but I guess that gets interpreted as an arguement, so I guess discussion doesn't exist on the internet. Now we label those discussion oriented..wait sorry, ARGUEMENTATIVE surfers as Trolls. I didn't know the internet was trying to uphold some sort of etiquette like "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all" . I always kinda thought the internet was pro-troll. It's the one place where you have amonimity if you want it, and being annonomous gives people the balls to say whatever they want. The result is a bunch of annonomous assholes but the internet seemed very inviting of that sort of thing.
So just to pose a theory
(and knowing that the internet is the future) One day we'll all be constantly connected to one big web of information like a sort of matrix, lets just call it A Collective. We could always be logged on, say with a wireless chip implanted in our brains...Let's just call it a cortical implant. So then would problems with communication on the internet be corrected?
Because the internet is soo fucking great, it tells us that we don't need things like inflection to have a discussion, sorry theres that word again.. my apologies..ARGUEMENT, instead it tells us that everything we type is left up to the reader to interpret...cause thats utopia right? Cause who cares about what someone was trying to express, we're only interested in what we thought they meant. Hopefully that will be fixed in the future when we no longer have to type and we'll communicate by streaming thoughts through our cortical implant.
Then! What if that matrix of thoughts and information, needed a way to organize itself because there would be massive chaos on an apocolyptic level if everyone is speaking all at once. (cause thats what people do, no one ever wants to listen to anyone else) So the collective needs a way to create peace and unity... Unity! humanity always wanted to unify itself so that we are not fighting over our differences. Imagine the productive force humanity could be if we were only united in our efforts! We could leave earth and maybe meet new civilizations. Yes if the collective could unite and organize us we could be the perfect force.. the trouble is deciding how to unify, which direction to go in yadda yadda... so we'll need to elect someone..possibly me..too restore order to the chaos...like queen bee. and then we're Borg. Thats pretty much what we have to look forward to. I wondering if we'll still have sex? At least there won't be anymore internet trolls.