Whisky posted her own take on it today. She wrote: “Haters don’t really hate you, they hate themselves; because you’re a reflection of what they wish to be.”
I think that's often true. But I also believe that in most cases, it's a reflection of much deeper and long-standing psychological factors. I wrote about it here in 2008:
Unresolved trauma going all the way to perinatal experiences is walled off, locked away and repressed from memory in linked webs of emotions, thoughts, sensory memory and narratives. The entire ticking time bomb can be ignited when a new experience with a similar charge is experienced. It can be a single aspect, such as the scent of perfume, or a narrative such as "she loves me, now she'll leave me."
Virtual worlds, social networks and online communities seem to intensify and accelerate this process.
Although trolling plays out as an attack on a current target, the intense negative emotion behind the actions has nothing to do with the current situation. It only acts as a trigger. The statements Whiskey called out in her graphic were probably born decades ago in the minds of her attackers. The words are really directed to their mom, dad, grade school rival, ex-wives, etc. Until they wake up and realize that real source of their pain, they're bound to keep repeating their destructive attacks on a chain of innocent bystanders.