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***Warning: I give personal accounts and examples I've experienced in the topic of politics. I am not trying to start a debate, I'm using examples to get to a point. Please stay on topic.***
This article itself is itself a troll by it's own definition. To believe oneself to stand aside so much that their opinion is right (like gay marriage for instance, of course it should be okay to do, but to give government power over lives of people who are already free? That is a debatable topic, yet I've been called a troll for that. As a homosexual, I find less government intervention has been a blessing on me and I uphold my values I was raised with in high regard.)
You see, what people do not seem to comprehend is the great tragedy of life. The things we believe of others, is what we truly believe of ourselves.
To call one a troll is to oneself a troll in return. Our outlook on life and the way we attach to things are what derive our personality. Hence, the things we say are first a result of the thoughts we think, a product not of society, but of being duped by the thoughts of others. We can be lead into thinking a person could be bad just because they look ruffed up, they may just be homeless and nice (usually homeless people don't want anything but food, if they want money they're not homeless, trust me on this one, seen it with my own eyes).
This is much like the idea that "The GOP is racist, sexist, and homophobic" when they have a large amount of people who are republican right that are black, gay, and female. I've heard Democrats say over and again how they're sexist (Wasserman Schultz) and other quotes like hers, and it's pure bigotry and obvious lies. Yet regardless of how obvious the lie, many people will believe it because everything else they say they like hearing. Again it's a matter of proof if they do the things they say, which often they do not.
So the question is this: is trolling really trolling? Or is it the "star child" of conversation? If people can follow a topic and stay on track, things turn out well.
When one is called a troll (or a variety of other names), the conversation is over in favor of said "troll" because the discussion was lead to name calling. This is seen by the "troll" (again this person having favor and focus of the conversation) as a sign the person isn't serious about continuing a conversation, and in my case as a gay republican, I've met a lot of people who aren't serious about the discussion of the future of our nation, among other things. Edited 2012-01-26 10:46 UTC