It is a well known fact that the Internet can bring out the worst in people. Encouraged by a complete lack of consequence, some people (colloquially known as trolls) poison the web with content meant only to sadden, anger, or degrade its viewers. These expressions of contempt can be found on any site with a commenting system. Of course, this is not new: ever since the infantile days of the web users have found ways to express pent up rage which would be considered inappropriate anywhere else. Lately, however, I have noticed a steady rise in internet spite, and it is beginning to get on my nerves.
It is standard that blogs, video sharing sites, and social networks have a commenting system, but these systems are frequently abused by the aforementioned trolls. Take, for example, YouTube. Nearly every video is followed by a series of rude remarks which criticize the creator for nearly every aspect of the video. Often the comments serve no purpose but to degrade the author.
Experienced content creators such as the mastermind behind The Oatmeal have learned to ignore such criticism, but to the amateur internet surfer this behavior creates a hostile, and ultimately undesirable experience. One would certainly not like to attend a concert if the crowd were reprimanding the performers throughout then performance.
Unfortunately, this will always be the case. Trolls will be trolls, and trolls will always have an insatiable urge to make others angry. Therefore, the only thing we can do is control ourselves (meaning us who look down upon internet rudeness). Trolls feed off negative reactions: their only purpose, after all, is to generate them. So rather than responding to their comments, simply take a deep breath, flag them as inappropriate, and move on with your day.
With time, and an immense amount of patience, internet trolls will realize they no longer have an effect on people, and we will be free from the burden. So with this knowledge, I implore you to assist me in my quest to stop internet bitterness.