The Troll – From the Internet to the Real World

A friend wrote the following about a politically left person whom I would characterize as a troll: “I love the way you always ignore the crux of my argument and go after some little tidbit that you can try to paint as extreme…”
That’s the way those who are logically fallacious “argue.” It’s certainly not logical discourse. They’re beyond any sort of intellectually redeeming conversation. I can’t tell you how many drive-by-shooters (trolls) like him I’ve booted off message forums over the years. They have zero interest in the truth, much less reality as a whole. They only want one of two things: A) to be heard, find some thread of their insanity validated, or B) to irritate, annoy, bait or anger others who believe differently than themselves.
Either way, they’re booted because they contribute next to nothing to the conversation while wasting a lot of people’s time.
The only reason I dive into the fray on forums like Facebook where I can’t infract or boot them is as a way to highlight their fallacies to others. People who aren’t used to spending a lot of time engaged in logical discourse are often easily sucked into the mindless void of trolls.
I’m working with various entities who hold sway over educational curricula to encourage them to reintroduce logical discourse into the classroom. If we can’ bring the Bible back into schools, then at least we should be teaching kids how to logically, properly separate the chaff from the wheat so that they’re not so prone to allow their ears to be tickled by sweet-sounding but logically void political platforms.
In the meantime, 15 Free Internet Troll Images by Michael Nuccitelli, Psy.D., is an outstanding resource, not only for the images, but also for understanding the psychotic range of trolls from merely dysfunctional to predatory and even downright murderous.  As he points out, while not all tolls are “personality disordered,” most of them do exhibit one or more traits ranging from machiavellian, sadistic, psychopathic and narcissistic.
Then there’s this YouTube video, which I highly recommend…

Now that we’ve learned about Internet Trolls and their psychotic baggage, let’s please take a moment to realize that many of the people you see engaging in disruptive and sometimes violent behavior against others live hidden lives as Internet trolls, where they’d engaged in the same disruptive behavior online for years, even decades.  Having been a message forum administrator for many years off and on since the 1980s, I have encountered, engaged with, wrestled with, been frustrated by, and occasionally had to give Internet trolls the boot.

I’d always hoped, and still do, that someone who presents as a troll is salvageable, and many of them are, usually through the art of civil discourse, as best exemplified in recent times by Ben Shapiro’s appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher:

I mean, Wow!  These two, clearly opposites in political belief, and both clearly masters, nevertheless respect one another and the arts of both logical discourse, political discourse, and civil discourse enough to carry on a largely unscripted conversation in front of not only a live audience carrying heavy antipathy towards Shapiro, but in front of the entire world via YouTube…  My “wow” factor involves what I see as Shapiro having both more accurate information, a greater sense of objectivity with his “If…  then impeachment should be on the table,” and a greater capacity to avoid Maher’s downfall, which was dodging Shapiro’s clean and clear points by raising another conundrum.

So…  Who’s the troll, here?  Shapiro or Maher?

While the audience, who clearly sides with Maher would say Shapiro is the troll…

“Yes, Bill, you do have to “pick one.” No human being with Trump’s history and current position can be both an “evil genius” and a “dufus (doofus).”

If he was a dufus, he’d never have managed to leverage his father’s wealth into significantly more wealth nor corral the votes of We the People of the greatest nation on Earth (to date – what we do from here on out remains to be seen).

But if he was an evil genius, why would he have forfeited earning billions more in his limelight in service to his nation?

Hey, gee! Logical discourse 101, here: Perhaps he’s NEITHER. Here’s WHY:


1. He’s an evil genius, but not a dufus: As per my above answer, “why would he have forfeited earning billions more in his limelight in service to his nation?” So… NO.

2. He’s a dufus, but not an evil genius: His many competitors in high-stakes corporate New York real estate and financial industries would have stripped him of his wealth long ago. Again… NO.

3. He’s both: Uh… Duh… Only an idealistic dufus like Maher would ever imagine the two could ever coexist, so… NO.

4: He’s neither. Genius, yes. Evil, no. Genius, hence not a dufus. You know, this pretty much describes many modern businessmen. Not the evil ones. But certainly the genius ones.

So, Bill – I WAS WRONG. Answer #4 is correct. But you’re wrong, as he’s certainly not both. That’s an oxymoron. Trump is merely neither an “evil” genius nor a dufus.

BUT… He may very well be both a genius and a bit of a buffoon with respect to his incessant tweets.

Thanks for reading/watching/listening and have a nice day.

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