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These days, trolls are a real problem. The shadowy figures lurking beneath bridges should be the least of your worries though. It seems that when people lose face to face interaction, they lose a sense of responsibility, respect, and seem to have no filters. Hate flows like a river in the form of racist, sexist, and downright offensive remarks. Cyber bullying is on the rise and there seems to be no end in sight. Have the morals of our society been downgraded with this influx of technology? Is the hate we are seeing the same amount as before, just more easily seen? Are people living with split personalities, or is how a person interacts online what really shows there true character? These are difficult questions that are crucial to understanding where our society is headed, and what actions must be taken if a diversion is necessary.
In reference to our society’s morals, I do believe that we have taken a step back in recent years. I’m not going to blame it all on technology, but I must say the internet has played a large part. Here’s a broader look at the morals of today’s society, which doesn’t specifically focus on online interactions. http://agnosticism-atheism.yoexpert.com/ethics-and-morality/do-ethics-matter-a-21st-century-view-on-morality-643.html I believe online actions are at the epicenter of this issue, but are not the only topic that should be discussed. I think most people can admit that the internet has brought about negativity in all of us at times. Some people however, are extremely hateful when given access to this valuable resource. Here’s great advice on how to deal with some of this negativity on a daily basis. http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/social.media/06/01/digital.haters.netiquette/index.html Trolls on the other hand are a different issue. I think that these kinds of people are destined to behave like animals, online or not. Some of the actions by trolls described in “Unmasking Reddits Violentacrez the Biggest Troll on the Web” made me sick. Like when asked the creepiest thing he’d done a troll replied “perhaps oral sex with my 19 year old step daughter.” I believe that as a society we must choose to ignore this kind of person because they really aren’t worth acknowledging.
Regardless of the method of communication, people should realize that they are accountable for what they say. Living with a different personality when nobody knows who you are is just ridiculous. The thoughts that flow freely when people are anonymous are just suppressed when contact is face to face. This is done to avoid conflict with ones beliefs, and is a sign of a coward.
Do you believe that trolls and other extreme online haters should be allowed to post anything they want? Where should the line be drawn?
What actions do you think contribute the greatest towards sparking an online twitter war, etc.?