Cyberbullies, net skinheads, net-hooligans and other infestations
While recently surfing various Arsenal websites and blogs, I came across an increasing number of posts, many from the same person, and many written or should I say scripted from the same monologue. These so-called supporters were uniformly anti-Wenger, anti-Arsenal and specifically persistently vulgar, offensive, mocking and sometimes even threatening if their target was perceived as being ¨vulnerable¨ or somehow, inferior.
These denizens of the net underworld remind me very much of the actual Hooligans and Bullies that, in the 70’s and 80’s were the bain of Football worldwide. Too many of them seem to have migrated into cyberspace and are excreting their verbally violent, illiterate excrement on some very good Arsenal websites, where they feel they can get away with this rampant degenerate behaviour. Why have they started to become more visible and why are they able to do what they do?
At first glance they seem to be here because of the anonymity the web offers. They can post 25 vitriolic posts on 10 different websites under 5 different aliases or web IDs without much fear of retribution or even identification. Many of them are the same person, usually an adolescent thrill-seeker who thrives on web invisibility to ventilate their angst, regardless of the consequences. The remainder are fans of opposing teams who enjoy baiting the more gullible Arsenal supporters, who, rising to the challenge, respond in kind.
Upon further reflection, they thrive because many AFC blogs show a great degree of tolerance for varied and diverse opinion. This subspecies of the cybernaut community profit from what they see as a chink in the net armour and regally flush their fetid commentaries over sites that espouse open posting and often are not monitored very well. Having spent a few wasted minutes flaming one creature (a Chav) on an open AFC blog, here are some of the comments this socially handicapped blogger felt worthy of the light of day:
¨ash cole…..Its clearly evident that with genes u carry your name or AFC is the least of the challenges that u deal with in ur everyday life! In fact you should be commended for surviving life as long as u did! I sincerely apologize I now see that incredibly feeble and moronic state of mind is not of your doing its simply called genetics gone horribly wrong, its obvious to me now that some retards should not be allowed to breed. U are living proof of that!¨
¨Radamel Falcao ….a moron is a moron but morons like yourself should be limited to one reply per commentary, our democracy quite frankly is at threats cause idiots like yourself are entitled to have say equal to that of say Mr XXX or myself and that is just plain scary no wonder the world is at the state that it is!¨
These are the mildest of posts that I can legitimately present on a family website. When invited to try his shenanigans on UA or Arsenal-Arsenal, where skilled, fluent and well-informed posters await him like lions await a jackal, he suddenly disappeared. Understandable, since bullies try and take on those who they perceive as weak and vulnerable….like cockroaches, they seek the dark and filth of the sewers…they are Cyber-scavangers and thrive on anything controversial and sadistic but IF they become the target of superior bloggers, they melt like excrement in the rain.
Ultimately, to battle demons, one must behave like an angel, therefore, by ignoring these pathetic and patronizing parasites, we starve them of their necessary and essential element, attention. While ignoring them, we can demand that the blog’s owners prevent such creatures from spreading their diseased putrescence anyway near their blog. It is a requirement that too many blog owners take too lightly.
The degree of irresponsible, immature and often extremely abusive posts appearing on some Arsenal sites should be a concern for all. Open and intelligent debate strengthened by honesty and respect for others opinions should be a cornerstone of ethical and intelligent bloggers anywhere and anytime. It is the monitors responsibility to ensure that salient and appropriate opinions are expressed and anything else is flushed down the drain where all effluent goes. We can succeed in limiting the cyberpunks’ influence and reach just like English Football succeeded in mostly eliminating the savagery and brutality of the Hooligans from Britain.
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