If there is one lesson that is continually reinforced to me online, it’s that there is no lower limit to stupidity, hypocrisy and bigotry. Every time I think I’ve seen the lowest/most pathetic form of these behaviours, a new idiot happens along to outdo the other idiots I’ve seen. There was a time I tried to actually engage with people who held opposing views, particularly when I believed I could disprove their theories with objective evidence. It soon became apparent that logic and reason did not work with some people. In fact, the further out on the loony fringe people were, the less interested they were in listening to solid evidence that contradicted them. And even when the views the people held were not particularly loony, if they held them particularly strongly and emotionally, engaging them was a waste of time.
They didn’t want to debate, they wanted to shout down their opposition and batter them into submission. That might sound ironic coming from someone prone to outbursts of rage towards those judged and found wanting. An important distinction is I do it for entertainment value. These cretins demand that you “debate” them and then their contribution to debate amounts to nothing more than histrionic shrieking. I was interested to discover there was actually some scientific research backing up my first hand experience. Researchers discovered that with many people, when you showed them solid evidence that contradicted their world view actually dug their heels in harder rather than accepting that they had been wrong.
If you’ve ever wondered how truly absurd conspiracy theories manage to stay alive, now you know. The truth may well be out there but it seems far to many people are going out of their way to avoid finding it.
My favourite type of online idiots are the ones who make their sub-troglodyte intellect (or lack thereof) abundantly clear for everyone else without realising they’ve done it. I found another example of this recently when I stumbled across a video some loser made on YouTube attacking me. There’s nothing particularly outlandish about making videos like this, after all, I go out of my way to piss people off when I don’t like their views. A reaction is what I’m after. It’s a shame that none of these attack videos have ever managed to be particularly entertaining or make any cogent points. But then, that’s usually why I attack morons – they’ve got nothing to intelligent to say and they make too much noise saying it.
While I make it a practice to not dignify these losers with a response and also encourage my viewers to ignore them, I can’t actually control the response other people give these attack videos. They show up occasionally in the “related videos” next to my own videos, my viewers see them and sometimes choose to go on the attack. This particular loser seemed shocked to discover that after he launched an attack on me, someone might retaliate. Poor diddums. After copping a bit of a hammering for his stupidity (and I will point out that his video was particularly stupid – a mix of totally missing my point [possibly deliberately] and rejecting peer reviewed science in favour of stuff “he just knows”) he stopped allowing comments on the video. Which is his right.
A brief digression on the topic of blocking and/or deleting comments: whatever method an individual chooses for dealing with troublesome commenters IS THE RIGHT CHOICE for them. They don’t even have to be consistent. Nobody has a right to dictate how someone deals with things in their own space. It’s worth noting that the people who would argue with this view most vehemently are almost always the worst sort of troll – nasty, hateful little losers with absolutely nothing worthwhile to offer. And I mean it when I say people don’t have to be consistent or even “fair” – however you feel on the day is fine with me. I don’t care if someone makes some outrageous pronouncement, bets nobody can offer contrary evidence, deletes all the responses that proves them wrong and then follows up with a triumphant declaration that nobody offered any contradiction.
If you don’t like the way someone deals with responses, don’t interact with them. It’s that simple. You won’t find me arguing with people on their YouTube channel or blog. You won’t even get me leaving them abuse. If I don’t like what someone is saying, I don’t waste my time on them. I do all my abusing via my own channels.
So back to the loser who got upset that people responded to his unprovoked attack on me by attacking him in return (to be clear – I have never launched an attack on this loser or even mentioned him by name, he isn’t worth it). He updates the description on the video to say he isn’t allowing comments on the video because the mean responses were hurting his pwecious widdle feelings. And then IN THE VERY NEXT SENTENCE he attacks me for deleting his comments on my channel. The fact that he’s unaware of how that makes him look like a hypocritical brain dead douchebag just about blows my mind. I mean, to be such an outrageous hypocrite is not so unusual. But to put it on display so blatantly and be unaware of the fact you’ve exposed yourself like that is right up there at the pinnacle of fuckwittery.
Sometimes I will block/delete a troll based on their first comment. I’ve had so many of them over the years I’ve gotten used to the various flavours and have a feel which ones are a waste of time. But this particular moron was known to people who I know so I decided to give him a chance. Several chances in fact. I told him quite explicitly to shut the fuck up because he had nothing of value to say, I wasn’t going to “engage” with him so just drop it. When he wouldn’t shut up I went so far as to say he was on his last chance and if he wouldn’t shut his drooling pie hole I wouldn’t stop at blocking him, I’d delete all the comments he’d made on my videos so I wouldn’t be reminded that I’d been stupid enough to give the ignorant fuckwit a chance to behave like a reasonable human.
Needless to say, he didn’t shut up and I took the action as advertised. He wasn’t supposed to be happy with that. It was supposed to piss him off. I get a little thrill of glee picturing the outrage on the greasy visage of these losers when they realise their precious “rights” (nonexistent though such rights are) have been taken away from them. And there isn’t a single fucking thing they can do about it. Seriously, that feels good. And while I knew he was a clueless moron, I didn’t think he was quite stupid enough to out himself so blatantly and obliviously by blocking comments and then immediately after raging against the injustice of me blocking him.
Like I said, no matter how bad you think you’ve seen people behave, there will always be someone worse. On the internet, there is no lower limit to stupidity and hypocrisy.