Saturday, February 2, 2013
Do We? We Do.
I wrote yesterday about some of the psychological roots of habitual online maliciousness. In retrospect, I shouldn't have used the word "troll' because it focused discussion on the definition of the word, rather than the underlying processes I was trying to highlight. It also implied that there are some people known as "trolls" who are fundamentally different than everyone else.
Very few people escaped childhood unscathed. We're all susceptible at times to confusion between the reality of the current moment and the ghosts of trauma past. As a matter of fact, most of our strong emotional reaction to being criticized and even personally attacked online is due to our own unresolved issues. That doesn't excuse malicious behavior. My point is that by acknowledging the role of the past within our own experience, we can make ourselves less vulnerable. We can rise above our own negative emotions to more constructively respond to malignant activity, whether it's directed at ourselves our or at others.
The video above is another one of my interpretations of a Beck tune from his Song Reader project. It acknowledges the Dr. Hyde in us all.