posted on Nov, 22 2011 @ 11:45 AM
I have no real problem with increased efforts to control the level of trolling, as long as honest expressions of disagreement aren't labeled as
trolling by those thick-headed, reactionary supporters of a particular political viewpoint (you know who they are).
Political debate really isn't that much different than religious debate, since it has to do with what people believe
has happened or is going
to happen given a particular political environment. There is little or no "proof" to be provided, and it can usually be called into question as to
source and motivation. So there is naturally going to be strong disagreement and heated discussion with no substantial evidence brought up by either
"Trolling" is more often than not just something people call responses to their brilliant ideas that show how poorly thought-out and stupid their
brilliant ideas really are. That's why it's so infuriating.
The whole notion of civilized debate about politics is a myth. Except in some ancient Greek forum or high school debate class, politics has always
been discussed with enthusiasm, anger, name calling, and insults. That's the way it's always been. If people aren't prepared for that, maybe they
need to go hang out on a discussion board where everyone agrees with their point of view. Weaklings. Have the strength of your convictions!
If anything, however, the lesson should be that if you get all worked up about any political viewpoint or candidate, you're a complete moron.
Because it just doesn't matter. Larger forces in the world will always have a much greater impact on your personal life than any individual elected
to office or party "in control."
This is an anonymous board. As long as people keep to themselves, it's pretty hard to track somebody down and cause them physical harm, which is
obviously not just a violation of the Terms & Conditions, but also the law. Otherwise, there's an old saying about sticks and stones.