Interview with a Troll

A man who’s been constantly harassed since 2009 finds his troll and deals with him. Via Ed Driscoll guestposting at Instapundit.

First of all, we see again that most trolls are probably minors, unless they’re the kind of overgrown minors who do some of this stuff. Secondly, we see that just as in school, the bullies are having a high old time that is totally disconnected from consequences or sanity. Third, we see that it’s the work of someone deeply insecure.

I don’t know if being unmasked and sent to counseling will do the trick. A lot of bullies grow out of it, but a lot of Internet trolls do end up as overgrown minors, still reveling in making other people unhappy for no reason. The other thing is that this kid went beyond normal troll behavior, into real life pranks, and the pranks were of a really disturbing nature. I don’t think he was just pretending to be creepy, although school-age kids often do go pretty far beyond the pale if they don’t have anyone reining them in. It’s not the sort of thing you can sort out from a blog story or a luncheon. I hope he gets a really good psychologist, that’s all I’m saying.

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  1. Secondly, we see that just as in school, the bullies are having a high old time that is totally disconnected from consequences or sanity

    So, low level psychopath.

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