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"Taunt him with the license of ink."
Twelfth Night, Act III, scene 2

"Everybody, it isn't you! It's the Internet! It's consuming your lives making you paranoid and stupid! And this movie is at the heart of it!"

"Yesterday in this space I used the word animosity in an instance when I actually meant anonymity. But then, since I was talking about the internet, it still came to the same thing really."
Paul Gadzikowski, Arthur, King of Time and Space

Put the right troll in the right message board or comment section and he can completely destroy any chance of discussion — he has effectively broken the system for no other reason than personal amusement. It's ego masturbation. It happened so much at Popular Science that they shut down their comment section. It was as if a thousand voices cried out the word "fag" and were suddenly silenced.

"In my time online I've been called 'fag' approximately 104,165 times. I keep an Excel spreadsheet. I've also been called 'asshole' and 'cockweasel' and 'fuckcamel' and 'cuntwaffle' and 'shitglutton' and 'porksword' and 'wangbasket' and 'shitwhistle' and 'thundercunt' and 'fartminge' and 'shitflannel' and 'knobgoblin' and 'boring.' And none of it mattered, because none of those people knew me well enough to really hit the target. I've been insulted lots, but I've been criticized very little. And don't ever confuse the two. An insult is just someone who hates you making a noise to indicate their hatred. A barking dog. Criticism is someone trying to help you, by telling you something about yourself that you were a little too comfortable not knowing."

" 'Don't feed the trolls' isn't really an option anymore when they're attacking you so brutally that you have to leave your home, or when they're actively trying to ruin your life for some bullshit reason (like creating a piece of art they didn't like, or being the wrong race/gender/height, or because they were bored). The roles have flipped: now the target of the trolling is the one trying to tell people what's going on while the trolls themselves shy away from the attention. Because if they didn't, they'd fucking go to jail."

"Can the internet make us better human beings? Judging from YouTube comments, no. And you're gay!"

"At the most extreme, anonymous ‘trolls’ bully, threaten and otherwise persecute their victims, spreading fear and despair. I’m sure such unpleasant people have always existed, but the internet has given them a voice and a sense of their own destructive power."

"...But on the Internet where you can remain anonymous, support for Kira is growing... Human beings are like that... Though this would probably never come up, suppose we discussed in class whether bad people deserve to die. 'It's just wrong to kill people,' that's what they're bound to say. Of course, that's the appropriate response to give, right? Human beings must always maintain appearances in public, that's just how we are. But this is how they really feel."
Light Yagami, Death Note

"I just wish people weren't such snobs. Just play what is fun to you. The Internet is an embarrassment to mankind most days.. But asking the Internet to grow up is like asking water to not be wet."
— A comment on the Destructoid preview of DotA 2

Dilbert: Tina, why did you call me a 'flaming #@%!!'?
Tina: I'm so sorry. That was my e-mail personality. My real-time personality is kind and gentle.

"The Internet sometimes facilitates dickishness; I don't know why that is, but it is."
Cliff Bleszinski of Epic Games.

"Still, Jerk is very happy to participate in electronic forums because in cyberspace he is free to be himself...without the risk of getting a real-time punch in the mouth."
The Flame Warriors site on Jerk

"Dude, people wouldn't say HALF the things they say to you on the internet to your face. Because if they say it to your face, they're within range of your fist, or your foot. Until you can find some way to slap a flamer across the face who could be in the middle of Thailand for all you know..."
An Anonymous user on FurAffinity on the GIFT.

"Technology has allowed us to be brutally cruel without suffering any consequences. In the past, if I wanted to tell someone they sucked, I'd have to say it to their face."
Jacob Ben Israel, Glee

Congratulations! You're on your way to becoming a destructive member of the YouTube community!

"The internet and the anonymity it grants has made harassment easier. According to several studies, Fisk said, the lack of social cues and perceived lack of consequences afforded online communication also changes the way people treat one another."
This article at Polygon

"The Internet is a wonderful place
The ability to retrieve information on any subject
Or communicate with anybody around the world
It's a significant step to world peace
And the evolution of the human race—
And then you got these assholes who gotta be like
"I'm gonna shit all over this precious gift to mankind!"
Oh, yeah, the answers are out there
But you're gonna have to dig through a colossal pile of shit to get at them!
Thank you for ruining the Internet!
Thank you for ruining the Internet!
Thank you for ruining the Internet!
Thank you for ruining the Internet!

Deadpool: You know why I love the Internet? Because it's just like me!
White Box: Vulgar, combative and contradictory?
Yellow Box: Overflowing with perversion and stupidity?
Deadpool: Yes, and yes.

"And now, Real Men of Genius (Real Men of Genius) Today we salute you Mr. Asshat Forum Troll. (Mr. Asshat Forum Troll!) You barge into any thread, spewing your brain diarrhea like it was relief water for Ethiopians. (Brain Diarrhea!) There aren't enough smilies available to illustrate everyone's disdain for you. Rolleyes, red mad face, puking green guy, and the finger dude just aren't enough. (Exclamation mark, eleventy one!) No one is LOLing when you enter the thread. You single-handedly lower the IQ of the Internet with every post you make. (STFU, r'tard!) It takes guts to do what you do, presenting your contrary opinion in the cold harsh light of incontrovertible facts. Here's to you Mr. Asshat Forum Troll. (Mr. Asshat Forum Troll!)"

Rule 71: The internet is SERIOUS FUCKING BUSINESS.

Matt Miller: Don't you get it? I'm God in here!
The Boss: That's just fine, 'cause in the real world, you're just a bitch with a keyboard.

The Boss: This is why my kids are never playing video games.

"People like you badmouth me on the Internet! But then they behave properly in person... so I can't get mad at them! You no longer get preferential treatment! I'M IN DESPAIR! THE INTERNET HAS LEFT ME IN DESPAIR!"
Nozomu Itoshiki, Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei

"On internet messageboards, there is no subject so vile or indefensible that someone won't post positively/in defense of it."
Skarka's Law,

"I get into the costume, and boom, I'm this snarky wise-guy. Anonymity's liberating. There should be rooms where people go to chat using fake identities. They'd spend hours just being jerks to each other."

"...I absolutely hate this idea of exploiting the Internet to express the shit side of yourself. It eats you up, on one hand, and it may be infectious and dangerous to those who are near, on the other. I'd rather be modestly boring, naively pompous, and politely narcissistic than a thrilling, exciting, over-the-top asshole with an exaggerated disrespect for anybody who does not want to conform to a set paradigm."

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth."

"Why is it all the MRAs and Feminists I know in meatspace are reasonable people, but the ones I meet through the internet are all psychopaths?"

"A CB Radio buff never uses his own name. Instead, he uses a made-up name, or "handle", which is supposed to describe him. But, since no one can see him, the "handle" he picks out usually describes him as he wishes others to see him"
MAD, A Mad Look At CB Radio

"This is coming from personal experience. When I played online games, I didn't like the negativity I got and people telling me 'You're crap. Go away'. So we wanted to focus on the positive aspects of online gaming"
Yusuke Amano, on Splatoon's lack of voice chat

"Default multiplayer voice-chat is the swollen appendix of shooters. It might once have served a function, but now it's a useless bag of pus threatening to kill everyone. Professional teams use third-party programs. People playing with friends use private parties. The only ones making noise on the default channel are: a) using the microphone to help them swallow deep-fried oysters, b) neglected children so desperate for attention they'd take social tips from To Catch a Predator and c) those same children after 30 years of confusing kill-count for achievement. Multiplayer voice-chat should be off by default. That way you can turn it on if you want. The same way you can read YouTube comments if you want."

"I can be a jerk to anyone I want, because I'm behind a screen in the safety and comfort of my own home!"

"I'd turn the voice chat on, immediately hear the word "nigger," and turn it off again."

"I joined a bike race and the host, a much higher level player, immediately closed the invites when I did so, and I quickly realized why. Your prior race performance is summarized to other players as "Won X, Lost Y," but annoyingly, coming first is the only thing that counts as a win, regardless of how many players took part. [...] And Professor Dipshit here must have deduced that he could pad his stats with an easy win against this less experienced player. Well, I hope he felt cunning in the brief moment before I quit the race in disgust. See, this is what happens when you have score tables in online games! It is a lightning rod for all the twat-sanders who couldn't give a flake of fried jizz about gameplay and just want to cheat their way to the high score because it makes their erection throb as it lays across their motorbike engine like a saveloy on a mailbox."

"The 360 also has the best online support with the Xbox LIVE malarkey, although the player base can charitably be described as lively, and uncharitably described as a bunch of hooting dick holes."
Zero Punctuation, Console Rundown

"If you’re thinking ‘come on, that doesn’t seem like that big a problem’, congratulations on your white penis."

Hajime: Kaoru. On the internet, morals tend to get looser. That trend is really strong on anonymous sites.
Kaoru: I see.
Hajime: People who enjoy abusing others will troll threads, flame unrelated people, and say heartless things to act like they're big shots or try to act cool on twitter.

Next you post your program to the Internet. Thirty seconds later, you receive another crash report. That user entered: fart.
You can patch this, too, but you’d really like to understand it first. Was this just, somehow, another honest mishap? You send the user an e-mail: “Why? Why would you enter ‘fart’?”
He writes back: “blue.” This is the moment you realize that some people just want to watch the world burn. And nothing is ever the same again.
Blake Ross, "Mr. Fart's Favorite Colors"

"YouTube comments: the most cogent written argument for never learning how to read."

me: nobody has to get owned today. please, please put down the keyboard and step back
9 year old child: Fuck oyu

"New Rule: Debates held in the Internet 'Comments' section have to make me hate all of humanity less. Here's a recap of every debate ever held in an Internet "Comment" section. Ready? 'Obama's a socialist.' 'Oh, yeah? Bush is a war criminal, fag.' 'Who are you calling a ‘fag,' faggot?' The end. And then, of course, someone chimes in with, 'Ron Paul 2012!' and they call that guy a fag. And then I can't help myself, so I type, 'Gentlemen, gentlemen, please! This is a porn site!'"

[On YouTube comment section] Josh Orr-Fahey: You ever see someone so ugly, it makes you literally angry and physically disgusted? Ross does that to me. I think he is legitimately the most repulsive living being on this planet. It sounds like hyperbole, but I'm being genuine.
[On Instagram] Ross: Today, I met the love of my life in the comments section on Youtube.

"Roseanne has always been a racist weirdo, and James Gunn has always pushed the bounds of good taste with his humor. What changed was the involvement of internet mobs. By capitulating to the Twitter rage of a few thousand assholes, Disney is subtly teaching us that online mobs, no matter how stupid their platform, can make a difference. It doesn't matter if they're right, as long as they're loud. And that's great when it means firing a sex offender, but it's a hell of a lot less great when it means ousting somebody for a joke they already apologized for years ago. [...] In none of these cases are there any kind of core values that the company is adhering to. They'll support or censor whatever appeases the most zealous crowd. Which means they're incentivizing trolls to become bigger and bigger assholes, because it's the only thing that works."

Silica: Why would [Rosalia] say such mean things?
Kirito: Is Sword Art Online your first MMO?
Silica: Yes.
Kirito: In any online game, players often go through personality changes. Some enjoy playing as outright villains. Our player cursors are green, right? But if you commit a crime, your cursor will turn orange. Among them, player killers, those who've committed so-called murders, are known as red players.
Silica: Murderers... no way!
Kirito: In a conventional game, they could've had fun while role-playing as the bad guy. But Sword Art Online is different. This game isn't about having fun.


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