Internet trolls are perhaps simultaneously the vilest and most commonplace occurrence on the Web, and it’s clear to anyone that those who spend their time leaving deliberately mindless and inflammatory messages do it for no other purpose than their own shits & giggles at seeing others get riled up. But for those who are curious to see what these Internet Tough Guys look like in the flesh, the BBC program Panorama did some digging and managed to track one of these twerps down:
While there’s nothing new here for anyone who’s been online for more than a day, it’s still interesting to see what these dolts are like in person. I was a bit surprised that Darren Burton’s as much of a douchebag in person as he is online, given the popular notion that most trolls are just cowards with a keyboard, but it nonetheless boils down to the same thing: Trolls are attention-seekers and nothing else. They have zero interest in any real debate or argument – they just like knowing they piss people off. The only way to beat them is to starve them.