Internet abuse and trolling

I will not by writing on this theme attempt to take ownership to my statements as these are thoughts I have adopted through my LinkedIn connections. I am not a founder of these thoughts but want to share some thoughts on “trolling” and how this is something very many are subject of conducting in online discussions.

I find that my language contains a lot of my emotions and this is a pattern in my behaviour that has given me a lot of challenges.

A statement I agree on in online discussions: “Do not write anything about a person you could not say to the person in real life”. Being unemployed, a statement on data science and prerequisite knowledge was presented in my LinkedIn feed. A lot of theories were presented as prerequisite knowledge and none of the theories were in my curriculum as information scientist in my degree. Therefore, one could perhaps based on this person’s opinion derive that I am not a data scientist. I am not able to understand low level concepts and I have to accept that meltdown and spectre is too complex for me to fully understand.

I first wrote a comment stating something like “shame on you, if you interviewed me I would want to throw my coffee at you”. I realized, through someone else posting about trolling that I had been a troll in some way, although it depends how you define “trolling” as it is a vague new term. At least I reacted to my language and emotional behaviour and the fact that I was so biased. I redefined my comment in to suggesting that every person he interviews has a different curriculum and I stated that education should be a proof that you are able to learn. I also suggested that instead of labelling this as being a prerequisite that he was more willing to find candidates who had not been presented to these theories, hire them and educate them.

I see many discussions on facebook and very many show traces of my pattern of behaving based on emotions. #metoo have been a great example. I have decided to work on being aware of the pattern of “trolling” online. When I feel like characterising a person as a “pig” or otherwise I try to bear in mind that this is not constructive at all. If you have disagreements, both online and in real life, the discussion is much better if you can be constructive and make a point without poor lingual characteristics. Otherwise, in my opinion, it is best to keep silent.

Ever since Facebook arrived I have been making huge mistakes on usage of social media. I believe most people do or have done in the past or feel the same thin line in the participation of the social media world. There is however no reason prior mistakes should prevent anyone from not improving and that also includes me. I will thrive to improve my language online and become one of those examples I find both in social media and for instance in debates on TV. The ones who really gets their thoughts put up front in a debate are the ones who work on not becoming too emotional in their language and don’t fall into the temptation of verbally attacking the other debaters and really have a well thought out reasoning for their opinion.

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