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The internet is a wonderful thing.

It allows people to be creative in ways that previous to its existence would never been possible, and more importantly share that with the wider world, Popular shows such as The Guild and Sanctuary would have never got the chance to broadcast if it wasn’t for the web. Projects such as Double Fine’s new game would not have the opportunity to be made, and we would all be relying on You’ve been Framed to inform us of the funny antics of our furry friends.

The internet allows us all to express ourselves in a million ways that before its existence was not possible.

We can all have our say, share our opinion with the world, but just because we can doesn’t mean we should.

Now I understand the hypocrisy of that statement; I have after all dedicated this, my own little corner of the internet to sharing my own ill informed opinion on a number of topics. So far however I think I have managed to do so in an inoffensive and mildly interesting way. And whilst I appreciate your reading (I check my viewing figures every hour) the purpose of my Blog is more for me to write than it is for you to read.

The downside of the internet is the rise of the Troll.

The internet is a very different place from when I first started using it, when Alamak chat was my website of choice and the highlight of my internet gaming experience was Divine Blood, but I’m sure these people still existed.

A Troll is someone who starts or comments on a Conversation, Forum Thread or Social Media Site, They start generally with an inflammatory remark, something that will provoke a reaction from those involved, are often abusive, and sometimes out right sick, although there is a lighter side to this internet phenomenon.

They give the internet a bad name.

In most cases they don’t have any stake, interest or opinion in the topic of conversation that they have chosen, but simply choose the point of view that will provoke the most reaction. I’m sure we have all stumbled across or been involved in such discussion and no matter how big the sign.

 

have still wantonly thrown them another bone.

However if you’re in that situation again, a forum thread or conversation has got you so incensed you can’t but help reach for the doggy treats the troll so wants,  don’t! Eventually Godwin’s law will apply and the troll will go hungry.

Godwin Law states that

given enough time, in any online discussion—regardless of topic or scope—someone inevitably criticizes some point made in the discussion by comparing it to beliefs held by Hitler and the Nazis.

The rule does not make any statement about whether any particular reference or comparison to Adolf Hitler or the Nazis might be appropriate, but only asserts that the likelihood of such a reference or comparison arising increases as the discussion progresses.

For example, there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress

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