I’m really very sick of hearing “it’s the internet” as an excuse for everything, as though we’re totally out of control of what we post and the choices we make. It’s an argument I hear a lot when I get pissed off about how someone’s talking about someone who’s a bit different as lesser for their difference or when people post sexually violent messages over pictures of my friends. “It’s the internet” doesn’t negate responsibility and I really really don’t get why people think that or the implication that one has a poor sense of humour for disagreeing with something as serious of this is an okay justification for dodging the situation.
From the blog post:
You can’t “take down” a meme. Even if it were legally possible, it’s not technologically feasible. We have ironic pedophilia memes for fuck’s sake. Once it’s out there, it’s out there. Fighting against it’s just going to give you grief.
The only right way to deal with trolling is to just accept that the world is an awful place and try not to work past it. You can’t win. When you fight against trolls, you’re just creating more content for trolls.
When you breathe you’re creating more content for trolls. But as useful a term as it is, and as many people as there are online who just go around typing “u r dum” in comments and whatnot, there are a hell of a lot of humans in front of computers and they should start acting like it.