Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Beware Internet Trolls and Integrity of Online Information 5/29/2012
Seems as of late, we have an anonymous individual who claims to be from the north part of Toronto, who seems to get a kick out of trying to discredit my great athletic accomplishments. They do so without ever really giving an explanation. This is a clear example of a troll who is clearly up to no good.
What makes trolling interesting is that the true motive of trolls is not always obvious. The last time I was victimized by trolls was when I was faced with a barrage of posts from feminist pro-choice activists, shortly after I resigned from a Pflag Canada committee. While their intentions seemed quite clear: that being, to take advantage of any opportunity to promote their agenda, it remains unclear as to what agenda Toronto North (TN) really has. Could it be that TN is jealous of my amazing accomplishments? Or could it be that TN is one of these religious-right extremists who thinks that all LGBT people are possessed by the devil? Or could this really be someone locally who takes issue to some of the controversial things I have said on Twitter about our Provincial Government?
Perhaps we will never truly know the motive, or identity of TN. This brings me to probably the most important lesson I have ever learned with regards to the credibility of Internet information. Always beware of people online who fail to provide a tangible name and contact information. All true entities who have something to say, will never be afraid or ashamed to identify themselves and provide proof that they really are who they say they are. TN claims to be a runner but provides absolutely no proof of this. TN show me no confidence that they can or should be giving any sort of athletic or medical advice.
Ultimately, I feel a strong sense of accomplishment and success out of the fact that I have managed to publish information that has stimulated such keen and passionate interest in me and my stories. Gaining a reaction is usually the prime motivation of bloggers. Unfortunately, this is not the type of person or reaction I have been looking for though, but this is at least a sign that I am doing something right!
It will be interesting to see if this person continues to troll away here, or disappears further into the irrelevant obscurity that their miserable anonymous existence currently champions
(note: depicted is the universal troll symbol).
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