TROLLS, HYENAS AND VERMIN by Don McMahon
Following our loss to Chelsea, which imho was a close run thing….I felt it appropriate to anticipate the reactions of our AAA minions.
There is a phenomena in cognitive psychology which tries to explain how mankind’s morbid focus on small and often irrelevant negatives dominates many ordinary people’s thinking. It is called obsessive myopism or in plain English, choosing to maintain a shitty outlook on life. It explains why our AAA plastic fanboys come streaming onto the site to criticize Wenger and all things Arsenal only when we have a poor result in their view( a tie or a loss) but never show up when we win.
The media and press, as well as society in general share this morbidity, not because it is rewarding to them but because it gets hits, adverts etc. and sells….since negativity is the flavour of the decade. It won’t change anytime soon and will continue to be fueled by cultural and religious beliefs (the world is going down the toilet, we are all doomed, our planet is screwed, we are all going to hell, politicians are all corrupt, our food is poison, all men are unfaithful, all muslims are terrorists, all blacks are inferior….you name it, we bemoan it!).
Of course the contrary is true but black and white statements (called absolutism in cognitive psychology) are easier and more ¨coherent¨ than having to think something through and it requires far less work than developing fair-minded and open-ended dialogue. The ability to maintain a positive and rational perspective even in the face of defeat and despair is the sign of a healthy, well-balanced mind. Therefore, the trolls, hyenas and other vermin who crawl out of the shadows after every Arsenal setback are almost inevitably unbalanced, myopic and obsessed with a constantly repeated meme as follows:
- Wenger is a loser
- Arsenal are going nowhere
- ****** is a shit player and was never worth the fees he’s paid
- Wenger out
- Everybody is better than us
- AKB’s are deluded idiots, etc.
One of my favourite Arsenal analysts is Adrian Clarke. His understanding and fluency in explaining what occurs in each game is impressive and in my opinion perfectly astute. When I feel down after a tough loss or poor game, his balanced and intelligent reviews serve, along with UA’s rational and insightful dialogues and discussions, to reinforce my faith in all things Arsenal and improve my morale as well.
There is a branch of neuro-psychology which studies neuro-linguistic behaviour and its subsequent iteration, neuro-lingusitic programming. In a nutshell, it maintains that how we express ourselves serves to program our brains to continue to think in that way. NLP questions and draws attention to the assumptions and expectations that others and you bring into an engagement. It is a cognitive re-evaluation of what your mind tells you and what you program your mind to believe.
So the trolls, hyenas and jackals who populate the netherworld of pessimistic doomers on the net and here on UA have ¨successfully¨ developed a world view which is depressed, negative, gloomily predictive and entirely dark.
The ordinary UA blogger who criticises AFC in a fair-minded and rational manner but who remains supportive of all things Arsenal is rather different. They can see both sides of the coin and leave their rancour, anger and disappointment behind, in anticipation of better days.
We do not need, regardless of the dictates of free speech and freedom of opinion, such trolls and other vermin infesting UA. There are more than enough anti-Arsenal websites to accommodate them…..UA is a collection of open-minded Arsenal supporters who share a love of the Club and a willingness to support it through thick and thin…..anyone with another agenda can try alternate sites.
The home page has the usual list of today’s anniversaries.
- Over half of the 92 league clubs have gone into administration this century. What next?
- Does spending on transfers automatically bring success? Arsenal compared to the rest.
- Manchester City v Arsenal: the team and the FA Cup
- Has Arsenal now caught up with Manchester City?
- Manchester City v Arsenal: the referee and the FA Cup