Thursday 2 July 2009

Six New Personality Disorders Caused by the Internet

"Hey, someone's got something wrong on the net! I have to put them right."

One for my lefty buddies, especially some of the weirdos scumming up the otherwise useful Socialist Unity website. I particularly like the prolier-than-thou bullies yelling at working class people how to be properly working class who turn out to be public school educated nitwits. I never knew you could type in Mockney!

Ever wondered why no-one seems to be able to have a normal conversation on internet forums? Puzzled why you spend so long on dickheads you'd walk away from if you ever met them in a pub? Wondering why you give them the time of day when a spraycan of mace would do the trick so much better?

Jonathan Kimak at nails psycho behaviour on the net in a great online guide.

The Internet makes people crazy. We all know this. The guy on the message board who just called you a shitclown for owning a different video game console than him probably would have been perfectly polite had you met in real life.

In fact, we're thinking it's time they updated the psychological diagnostic manuals with this list of new disorders that only seem to kick in once the person opens a web browser.

And, yes, we've all seen the "Internet Asperger's Syndrome" trolls: "Soon the thing you're communicating with isn't a person, they're just a bunch of words on a screen. A bunch of words that the little bastard didn't even bother to spellcheck."

See also David Wong's Five Ways To Stop Trolls Killing the Internet

Thank you for your good sense, JK. Hat tip Popbitch

No dicks allowed

UPDATE: Renegade Eye has found another illuminating article on the subject of Flamers. Note Number 12, "Denying/projecting: We cannot see reality honestly, but must constantly manipulate it by erasing some parts and distorting others."


Madam Miaow said...

Mr Divine, I like you in playful mode and I appreciate your sense of mischief. But you do sometimes veer into the realm of the insulting, as if you've lost the ability to read feelings. I've seen you do this especially on Harpy Marx when people are discussing distressing matters.

You're better when you're engaging with bloggers rather than gratuitously winding them up. Wit, charm and having something intelligent to say always goes down well. :-)

Mr. Divine said...

Thank you for your honest feedback. I don't know where to start. i suppose firstly I never intend to hurt people's feelings. But obviously I have done at Harpy marx. I shall have to apologise. I always get a pissed off when my questions are not properly answered and go over the top. Something to consider in the future, especially if I want to continue writing on the blog!

As you probably noticed I quite enjoy different forms of discourse and so you and your blog seem allow that to happen. But the oportunities for one's imagination are endless!

Thanks again MM.

Mrs. M. said...

This post reminds me of Idiocracy. Have you seen that Madam? If not i insist that you do.

Mr. Divine said...

I've seen it Mrs M and I know exactly what you're talking about.

I like the way that the characters in the film all assume that the main woman is a complete diz brain. She works in the underwear section of a large department store and other woman are so up themselves that they treat her like dirt. Yet when the film follows their lives away from the store we find exactly the opposite: the customers are screwed up and the assistant has it made.

All that glisters.

Renegade Eye said...

See this.

Mr. Divine said...

Renegade Eye

Thanks for that link. It's not bad although it's not a really comprehensive list. I think I'm on the personality disorder list numbers 7,8, and 9 But this is hardly surprising as I have spent time in a mental ward and take medication to counter effects.

Of course at times this mean I am at times something of a 'flamer' but I have been on the receiving end especially from American bloggers who get stuck in with choice words such as 'f... wit' etc. They're so predictable and I really enjoy being nice to them ; this pisses them off even more.

Renegade Eye: How would you describe your blogging style?

Madam Miaow said...

Haven't even heard of Idiocracy (great title) but I shall look out for it, Mrs M.

Thanks for the link, Renegade. I've added it as an update to the original post.

Ah, Mr Divine. That explains it. A friend with a kid who has Aspergers once described it to me. You tell the child a story where a fluffy bunny rabbit is hopping around a field. Suddenly, a farmer appears with a rifle and chases it. How does the bunny feel?

The Aspergers child answers, "furry". (Whereas we all know the answer is "tender when boiled with carrots". :-) )

jizzmarxter zero said...

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
[I'll jst hv to ssm tht th spllng s rght s I ddn't g t pblc schl]

I particularly like the prolier-than-thou bullies yelling at working class people how to be properly working class who turn out to be public school educated nitwits.

Is there any need for such an ad hominem attack on Saint Andy Newman?

From wikipedia
I find the following defintion of trolling:
a troll is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant, or off-topic messages in an online community,with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response[1] or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.

Further down, wikipedia says this:
Application of the term troll is highly subjective. Some readers may characterize a post as trolling, while others may regard the same post as a legitimate contribution to the discussion, even if controversial. The term is often used as an ad hominem strategy to discredit an opposing position by attacking its proponent.

That seems to be what occurs on the sectarian lunacy network to anyone associated with your former friends in the SWP. When I first started making comments I might have stopped after a while if it had not been for the pro-Galloway goblins consistently substituting abuse for any sort of argument.