Trolling: The act of deliberately, cleverly, and secretly pissing people off, usually via the internet.
As much as I hate to admit it, I spend a lot of time on the internet. Most of it is spent on Tumblr reblogging pictures of pug puppies, Glee, and cupcakes, or on Twitter flailing over Kris Allen’s new music with the friends I’ve made from all over the world in the past couple of years. Almost every day, I come across a troll. For anyone with a broad knowledge of internet slang, you’ll know what a troll is. It’s not those cute little green haired plastic toys or that giant ugly thing with a mallet in Harry Potter. It’s pretty much an asshole with too much time on their hands.
Trolls are harmless creatures. Their purpose is to anonymously annoy the hell out of everyone else and potentially start an argument here and there. They are like your bratty little brother that sits at your side with his finger an inch from your ear saying, “I’m not touching you!” Like I said, annoying but you can’t put him in a headlock because they technically aren’t doing anything wrong.
Except in Arizona where they want to pass a bill that will put all the trolls in a headlock by sending them to jail for 6 months or giving them a $250,000 fine. Poor trolls.
“It is unlawful for any person, with intent to terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend, to use any electronic or digital device and use any obscene, lewd or profane language or suggest any lewd or lascivious act, or threaten to inflict physical harm to the person or property of any person.” ~ House Bill 2548
If I scroll through my Twitter feed, almost every person has violated one of these rules in the past hour or so. They can’t put somebody in jail for suggesting any lewd or lascivious acts. I mean, saying that you want to eat Kris Allen for breakfast (in other words: he’s hot) is so not worth jail time. The internet was made to be obscene. It’s the place people go to talk about the stuff their real friends would make fun of them for.
I get their intentions of wanting to get rid of cyber bullying, but that’s not a troll. A cyber bully is the person that continually harasses someone on Facebook until they reach their limit. It is someone who posts hurtful things about someone for all of their friends to see. Send their asses to jail.
Leave the little internet trolls alone.