|Posted by Denver Insomniac on January 24, 2011 at 8:22 AM|
Usually when you see someone on the Internet being trolled or bullied badly, they are by themselves. No support, no back up, just fighting back as one person. Most of the time, there is never a valid reason for the argument or trolling, it’s just there. That is what Trolls do and how they chase people off. I often find myself asking the same question: “Why?”- A simple thing to inquire but a very confounding thing to answer. Obviously, Trolls and bullies have no reason to answer this, it is their purpose on the Internet to stir up confusion and anger. When the question is composed to normal people travelling the cyber highway, the question develops more depth and becomes more confounding… Why don’t we help people out when we see them being trolled or bullied? You know you have seen someone being trolled or bullied at least once and decided to pass on getting involved. I’m sure everyone has done this at least once. I can recall a few times I did it before becoming involved in the Keepers movement. Ultimately, it is like the story of the Good Samaritan, how many people will pass that person hurt on the side of the road before someone decides to stand up and do something about it?
Unlike the Good Samaritan, this is the Internet. There are obvious differences between the two. I guess that is what confuses me the most… Most Message Boards and Forums have fairly simple Trolls and bullies, with the support of 2 or 3 people, they are very easy to thump. Why don’t we do this more often?
I believe one solution to cyber bullying and Trolls is standing together and fighting back, so much good can be achieved with combined effort. You know how they say, “One person can make a difference”, imagine what several could do concerning this issue. All it really takes is the audacity to stand up, all together and help someone out or back each other up. You’d be surprised how successful such a simple thing could be. It is ultimately what the Keepers hope good people on Topix realize and start doing.