The Trouble With Tweeters
I’ll apologize in advance for the ramshackle slapdashiness of this post [read: rant.]
In the back pages of this blog, you will find me making fun of Sarah Palin. Or maybe it was some other blog – who remembers. But I stopped. And I don’t make fun of Bachmann either. Why – because we’ve never seen so many male Republicans so easy to make fun of in modern times, and yet the ladies get the brunt of the disparaging comments. And don’t even try to tell me I’m imagining things; even very liberal women have noticed this “phenomenon”.
Yes, this is a Weinergate post; getting there.
In the early days of Weinergate, a gal tweeted a Weiner joke. Let’s call her Ms. Q. It wasn’t a pro-Weiner joke, but it definitely wasn’t an anti-Weiner joke. Within about a split second two trolls sent tweets to Ms. Q saying she was a moron, idiot, something of that nature, for supporting @RepWeiner. Ms. Q said a couple of especially snarky things back (imagine). One troll responded with a triple-X rated obscenity, and then yet another troll started to tweet nasty stuff at Ms. Q. So Ms. Q blocked the trolls and then took a look-see around twitter. Well she found a LOT of trolls attacking a LOT of tweeters. And, as per usual on twitter, the most menacing and obscene seemed to be reserved for women. Well, if you were going to have an organized attack on twitter, this was exactly what one would look like.
Of course Ms. Q continued to talk and joke about @RepWeiner despite the trolls. But Ms. Q thought that maybe someone younger, or not as used to the internet, might be wary of saying anything else Weiner-related for fear of trolls crushing their mood. The troll campaign wouldn’t be effective against everybody, but it could probably be quite effective against many, if not most tweeters. It looked like a pretty good way to have an impact on controlling (does the word “troll” come from this?) the message. Ms. Q wondered: Who organized this campaign?
Anyways, a recent “forward of a forward”, if you will, got me thinking about the aforementioned stuff. The forwarded info described below, may shed a bit more light on the second sentence of this comment.
It seems that Ms. A and Ms. B were blithely tweeting along, and they both started to follow a silly hashtag. So, for that crime, some guy started to tweet annoying stuff at Mss. A and B. Ms. A is not really one to sit there and take it; she usually has something to say in return (imagine.) And after Ms. A defended herself, this lovely tweet appeared: