I love me some internets, it’s a great thing. It provides us with endless entertainment, funny memes and silly cat videos. However, since the internet became a thing, and people relied on it more and more, life got out of hand. Things got all topsy turvey, and with most things, people ruined it. I remember a time when the internet didn’t exist. Growing up, I had to play with toys, use my imagination, and actually go outside. Things were scary back then. Nowadays, if a kid comes home and doesn’t log on to WOW, or Call of Duty, or Hello Kitty online or whatever the hell girls do, he or she is viewed as an outcast.
Sorry, I’m Just Really Happy I Just Remembered These Existed
The internet provided a place for all the normal outcasts and dregs of society to have an outlet. These people that go through life ridiculed and humiliated at every turn have a certain rage inside of them. Enter the troll. These horrible people think it’s okay to put down, demean, and insult anonymously because there are no repercussions. You’ll find them in every forum, every online video game, and every chat room. While their complete lack of social skills and annoyance with the general human race has caused them to become outcasts in the social norm, these failures find solace in the fact that they can do whatever they want in the vast world of the internet.
Ackbar Makes Everything Better
I understand. I really do. While I know not all trolls and internet douchebags are angsty teenagers, a vast majority of them are. They throw out racial slurs over the headset to their teammates. They pound mountain dew while screaming obscenities in general chat because their dps is leet, while others may not be as good. This concept is foreign to me. I don’t understand the hate, or why people get so angry to the point of causing people emotional harm. I know the whole “it’s the internet, who cares” thing comes into effect, but seriously, what’s the point? Why do these people feel the need to do this? What switch goes off in the human brain that causes people to think this kind of behavior is okay. Old crotchety news people blame bad parenting, violent video games and President Obama, but I honestly don’t know. I’ve been around son, and I’ve been through stuff just like all of you. Let’s take a trip back…shall we?
Listen to Me! I Have a Moustache!
Back before GPete was the sexy, GPete was the awkward, fat, and socially awkward. GPete was the butt of 90% of his school’s jokes and every day I loathed going to school. I sucked it up and smiled. I bared with life, because everyone has different challenges they have to partake. But not once did I feel the need to lash out and make someone feel like a steaming pile of feces. You know why? Because I know what it felt like. I would never wish that feeling upon anyone. I don’t know, maybe that was my super power. Unending patience. I’ve dealt with a lot of shit, still do, but I never gave up and I sure as shit never go online and troll the forums to anonymously trash someone’s opinion.
Just Try and Out DPS the Emperor LOL Pwnt!
I get it, kids have it rough nowadays. I’ve hit this subject before. It doesn’t end for kids now. The common dork wakes up, goes to school, gets shit all day, comes home, gets shit online, then goes to bed and does it all over the next day. In a time where “It gets better” is so ingrained in society, and suicide and bullying is everywhere in the news, I wish to pose a question. Why hasn’t it gotten better? Is it okay for people to play nice in school, but as soon as they get home, become the tough keyboard cowboy? Is bullying not okay unless it’s anonymous? Did someone forget to plug that rule? Technicalities my friends. No one can be nice all the time. Hell, I know I’m not. There’s a fine line between not taking crap and being a douchebag. No one likes it. No one likes you when you’re acting like a fool. So I ask one simple thing. If you’re reading this, and you find yourself in a position where you are going to partake in some idiotic trolling. Think. Stop yourself and think how you would feel. Sure, maybe the person you’re about to unleash on is a fool. Maybe their spelling or grammar equals that of a third grade student who ate too much paste in his earlier years. Maybe they missed that head shot, and dude, that sucks, but it’s life. If you’re going to get that worked up about a game, or a comment, or a meme, than you’re in for some serious disappointment down the road. When your boss tells you a project you completed was wrong. When a police officer pulls you over for driving 5 miles over the speed limit. Are you going to trash talk then? Chances are if you do, you’ll get fired, or given a more expensive ticket, or get an ass kicking. And you know what? You’ll deserve it. Life is full of annoyances that can’t be solved with racial slurs and DPS meters. You want it to get better? Man up and be a part of the solution, not the problem.