Oh to be young again.
I say that internet trolling has gotten BETTER since my day of IMDb message boards and AOL chat rooms. It was easier then. People were far more gullible.
Kids today are craftier, resourceful.
They rarely tip their hand.
A good example is the “fuck.atheism” accounts on Instagram. Of course, I’m assuming that they are trolls (allegedly ran by some jailbird named “Brandon Walsh”). For the sake of my sanity, I have to believe that they are.
Take a look:
This is “fuck.atheism.5”. This is number 5 of 6 accounts with this name and avatar.
“Obviously that’s a troll,” you might say.
I wouldn’t be so sure:
“So the guy’s committed to the bit. Kudos to him,” you say.
Yeah, I suppose. But…Jesus, who the fuck is this for?
Look, in my day, I probably could have pulled something close to this out of my ass. But if this is a bit, where’s the parody? Is it the blatant science denialism? I would have never of wasted that much time for a joke!
See what I mean?
This is either skill or overzealousness. And it pisses me off that I can’t tell which it is.
Well for posterity’s sake, I think things like this should be recorded and analyzed. We are either looking at modern art or batshit insanity. Or maybe it’s both.
Someone has to explain to future generations what we were doing with the internet. And that’s what this website’s all about.
I’m a historian. Not a shitposter.