The world we live in now.
As I drove down the interstate in Knoxville TN heading to work about an hour from my home , I have CNN playing on my radio. The topic was trolling. If you aren’t aware of what the word “trolling” means let me explain.
According to Urbandictionary.com Trolling means to try to get a rise out of someone. Forcing them to respond to you, either through wise-crackery, posting incorrect information, asking blatantly stupid questions, or other foolishness. However, trolling statements are never true or are ever meant to be construed as such. Nearly all trolled statements are meant to be funny to some people, so it does have some social/entertainment value.
Now with the explanation out of the way I’ll tell you why this topic came up. You see this man posted all over the internet offensive material of President Trump, CNN, and other news stations. He claimed to be “trolling” and his response confused, upset, and even shocked the reporters on CNN broadcast. The man who CNN will not identify made a statement that he was apologetic to the news reporters and said that he never meant anything he posted and was simply “trolling” the internet to get others to respond. He went on to say that he valued the news reporters hard work and sacrifice on a daily basis. The women on CNN was shocked telling us viewers that she was surprised the man apologized for his actions, that we don’t see that kind of thing anymore but the other two men on the broadcast said they were disgusted with his actions. The one man said that we shouldn’t be happy that he apologized for his actions. He thinks the man was given a slap on the hand for bad behavior. The other man said he wasn’t surprised by the mans response. I was both glad the man apologized for what he said and posted but I was also disappointed about the topic. The world we live in today takes sport in being offensive to others. We wonder why bullying is a big epidemic. We wonder why suicide rates are so high. Taking sport in being offensive is on so many levels wrong. Judging others and casting a label is wrong yet society now thinks these things are acceptable behavior. This makes me sad. We have lost touch with kindness and being humans. I hope someday soon humanity can learn this again before its too late.