Where Are The Trolls Of Yesteryear?

TrollsY’all, remember when trolls were vaguely cute dolls that you won in a vending machine or at Chuck E. Cheese and they had bright colored hair that was fun to style and it was like the only doll your brother would play with because it wasn’t really a doll but a troll? Those trolls were awesome. I particularly loved the one I had with a jewel in it’s belly button- I called it my fancy troll and when Reba McEntire’s song “Fancy” would come on the radio, I would always think she must have a fancy troll too but then I got older and realized that song was about an empowered prostitute. The good old days y’all. The good old days.

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Or, reaching even further back, remember when trolls were just monsters that lived under bridges and wanted to eat people? I miss those days.
Because, nowadays, trolls are people on the internet who live their entire lives to say the most hateful, offensive, annoying, hurtful, and batshit crazy vitriol online. Because they can. And most important to their cause, they can do it anonymously so they never really have to be held responsible for their words. And you can’t engage with them, not even to defend yourself or your beliefs because THEY DO NOT ABIDE BY THE LAWS OF LOGIC AND COMMON HUMAN DECENCY. I mean, at least trolls under bridges who were going to try and eat you gave you a little bit of a heads-up, you at least had a fighting chance with one of those kinds of trolls. But you can’t fight internet trolls. Not in any productive or satisfying way.

┬áPersonally, I abide by the motto “Don’t feed the trolls” because it totally works with the kind of trolls who actually want to eat you and also the internet trolls. Instead of engaging, I just delete the comments. Done. Except, it isn’t because I *did* see that comment and it *did* make me incredibly angry and it *did* affect me, so even though the troll doesn’t know it got to me, it did. ┬áSo, I guess my question is: Where are the trolls of yesteryear?

-Mae

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14 thoughts on “Where Are The Trolls Of Yesteryear?

  1. Hey, I hope you’re ok?
    You are right, the best way to deal with trolls is to ignore them, they feed on the attention they get.
    It doesn’t make their comments less hurtful but at least you have the satisfaction that they won’t get the reaction they wanted.

  2. Treasure trolls > Internet trolls for sure.

    What an utter waste of existence. These people must lead very unsatisfying lives.

    But sometimes I worry what kind of mentality it can instill in the human mind… that they can act like complete a*holes and never suffer any consequences. No wonder customer service is dead. No wonder there are random shooting sprees.

  3. I do miss those little neon fellows… I found one at an antique store not too long ago, but it was outrageously priced… so yeah. lol

  4. Why let a comment upset you when you recognize it’s been posted by a troll? If the whole point of trolling is to upset you, then they’re likely going to say the most horrible things they can think of, even (especially) if they’re not true. So just assume none of it is true and they’re idiots, and also that you must be really awesome and popular if a troll is spending his/her time trying to upset you. Voila, happy again!

  5. I know the feeling! I HATE those guys!

    Every time I get trolled, I just remember what this guy probably looks like, and what he does on a daily basis. Then I hug my dog, kiss the wifey, and rejoice in the knowledge that I’m not him.

    Works with office jerks too!

  6. My mom collected the jewel trolls and all other manner of that brand when I was kid; there were marching lines of trolls that would cover the banisters of the house for every season, and even still it’s not Christmas without the redhead troll in the candy cane shirt merrily watching the front door.

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