Originally Posted by Garrett
It is a lot like real-life with some of the worst qualities (and occasionally some of the best) exaggerated.
If you haven't seen this before, enjoy:http://redwing.hutman.net/~mreed/
Thanks for that info! That was a fun read. Lots of truth in the descriptions. Although the "bully" to me is a myth.
I've never seen a bully online. But I've sometimes seen others call people "bullies." I've even been (erroneously) called a bully, myself.
People who call others "bullies" online are usually if not always people who can't or don't like refuting strongly opinionated and vocal people, so they label them "bullies" as a way to try and discredit/silence them and/or make themselves look like a victim, thereby being "right"--without having to prove themselves right.
Call somebody a "bully" and the crowd can only support you and turn from "the bully." It's cheap and I've been a victim of it.
Another cheap tactic: Label anybody whose opinion is controversial a "troll." This discredits them without having to discredit with FACTS, or an intelligently worded rebuttal.
My opinions on other sites are not always like others. I should not have to think like everybody else. And I should have a right to express myself without somebody saying, "Don't feed the troll." What's wrong with posting a controversial thread for discussion and expression?
Unfortunately, online there's an unwritten code that says you must have the same opinions as the masses who assemble on the site. If you don't, you're viewed as a "troublemaker," or a "troll" or a "bully."
I do like the site you mentioned because it correctly describes a "troll" as somebody who is fishing (trolling) for somebody to catch the bait. Most people think a "troll" is some freakish elf. They even publish photos of it. Ignorance abounds.
Well, that's the internet for ya.
Sorry to have totally ranted on this thread. I like Epicski and every time I ask for advice there are countless out there to help.
Lotsa nice teachers and fun people.