Continuing the discussion from GOP staffer who said Obama girls lacked class was arrested as a teen:
The linked video is interesting (and everyone should watch it) because I see it as broadly calling two things “trolling” that are not necessarily related:
- Patterns of Persistent Harassment
- Drive by Trolling
I can support what the video outlines – Patterns of Persistent Harassment, yes – you should not ignore harassment, but report it. No question. But is that trolling?
In the particular case cited, I had a hard time taking that guy’s wacky opinion seriously, particularly when he ended it with
I’m 58 and can’t wait for the end so as to escape to this messed up planet.
So to me that read as trolling – not a statement that can be taken seriously. It’s more like “now I’m gonna type some stuff that might be a little crazytown, and oh by the way, I’m looking forward to the sweet, sweet release of my own death.”
So in conclusion, no you should not feed the trolls. But you may need to deal with persistent harassment. I don’t think there’s any way to look at this particular case as an example of persistent harassment though.