I have experienced anonymous online trolls in the past, but nothing like Christie Blatchford. I liked Christies article on the over the top reaction to the death of jack layton. Apparently some did not, and objected in the most vulgar and despicable manner. I usually ignore anonymous posters, their comments would be less vulgar and hateful. Hiding behind the veil seems to empower some to be viscious and rude. This was true of certain bloggers and still is like cc and his caravan of nasties like ck et al. Christie just ignore these pathetic people. When people resort to personal attacks it generally means they have lost the argument.
'Ahhhh," my friend Mary said cheerily early one morning this week around the kitchen table where a bunch of us have coffee before our run, "CancerAids."
I'd been telling the group about the deluge of ghastly email I've been receiving about a recent column, and was in mid-description of same when Mary interrupted.
"CancerAids?" the rest of us chorused.
She explained that in the online world with which she is more intimately familiar than the rest of us (she is the hippest of the group), the term is a shorthand dismissal for a troll, a provocateur who writes simply to annoy others or is so manifestly dopey he's not worth the bother of more time-consuming abuse.