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Online communities have always been breeding grounds for haters and bullies, and the most common approach to sidestepping their vitriol is to ignore them. But as essayist and social commentator Film Crit Hulk explains in this thoughtful piece for The Verge, “Don’t feed the trolls” isn’t a viable or healthy long-term tactic for managing online attacks. Rather, Hulk maintains, moderators and participants in online discussions should develop strategies that focus on the victims’ rights and well-being. getAbstract recommends this insightful essay to anyone who detests vituperative online discussions.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why trolling is an insidious form of bullying that has riddled online communities since the early days of the Internet, 
  • Why “don’t feed the trolls” is dangerous advice that ignores victims and empowers cyber bullies, and 
  • How a focus on the bullied victims might lead to a less hostile and more inviting online experience for all.
 

About the Author

Film Crit Hulk is the pen name of an essayist, blogger, film critic and social commentator, who has written for The Vulture, The New Yorker, and other magazines.

 

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Despite the broad perception that the Internet has become a much more hostile environment over the last few years and that early online forums of all sorts were generally amiable hangouts that encouraged good-natured debate and jabs, the truth is that cyberbullies and trolls have been around as long as the web itself. The standard advice not to “feed the trolls” just encourages instigators to step up their game and creates an environment where hatred and fear can fester.


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