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Old 03-01-2014   #1
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Science confirms: Online trolls are horrible people

Came across this article yesterday confirming what I've long suspected, trolls are folks who never outgrew getting satisfaction from making their kid sister cry and now the interwebs give them an endless stream of victims.

The take home from the article:

The Internet's amazing ability to create communities even out of the strangest or most repulsive of niche interests has also been a boon to trolls, who in the past could only make themselves unpleasant in local waysóbringing family members to tears at Christmas dinner, for instance. Thanks to the 'Net, though, not only do they have a broader (and more anonymous) outlet for their urges, but trolls "have greater opportunities to connect with similar others and to pursue their personal brand of 'self expression.'"
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