posted on Oct, 14 2012 @ 07:16 PM
A fascinating investigation and a great read:
Unmasking Reddit’s Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web
Judging from his internet footprint, Brutsch, 49, has a lot to sweat over. If you are capable of being offended, Brutsch has almost certainly done
something that would offend you, then did his best to rub your face in it. His speciality is distributing images of scantily-clad underage girls, but
as Violentacrez he also issued an unending fountain of racism, porn, gore, misogyny, incest, and exotic abominations yet unnamed, all on the sprawling
online community Reddit.
"My wife is disabled. I got a home and a mortgage, and if this hits the fan, I believe this will affect negatively on my employment," he said. "I
do my job, go home watch TV, and go on the internet. I just like riling people up in my spare time."
Someone who likes to rile people up in their spare time is truly in need of attention IMO. Is this the make-up of a troll? Lacking in attention?
Interesting that he would state this as to why he does it.
But Michael Brutsch is more than a monster. Online, Violentacrez has been one of Reddit's most reviled characters but also one of its most beloved
users. The self-described "creepy uncle of Reddit" has played a little-known but crucial role in Reddit's development into the online juggernaut it is
today. In real life, Brutsch is a military father and cat-lover. He lives with his wife in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, Texas.
Anderson Cooper has labeled this guy as the biggest troll on the net. Not that I particularly like AC at all but after reading the article on this guy
he seems correct in his stance.
Having his screenname mangled by Anderson Cooper on CNN for Jailbait was Violentacrez's biggest moment as a troll, but it wasn't his first time in
the spotlight. Since Brutsch stumbled on Reddit from a link on the internet culture blog Boing Boing in 2007, he has pushed the boundaries of Reddit's
free-speech culture. He has done this mostly through creating offensive subreddits to troll sensitive users. Some of the sections Violentacrez created
or moderated were called:
And just like that he tries to repent by offering to be a mole? Geez this sounds like something out of the CIA Hand Book.
He asked a number of times if there was anything he could do to keep me from outing him. He offered to act as a mole for me, to be my "sockpuppet"
on Reddit. "I'm like the spy who's found out," he said. "I'll do anything. If you want me to stop posting, delete whatever I posted, whatever. I am at
your mercy because I really can't think of anything worse that could possibly happen. It's not like I do anything illegal."
It looks like Reddit not only knew who he was and what he was doing but actually may have been turning a blind eye to him in order to create
controversy and thus...traffic to the site.
So let this be a lesson to all trolls...You're amateurs compared to this trash!
One last thing here:
In 2010, Violentacrez hosted a legendary "Ask Me Anything" thread"—the same Q & A feature Barack Obama took part in last month.
"Ask Me Anything"...Sound familiar?
Just kidding, you know we love ya!
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